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Turf Moor (ATT 12,221) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Mike Russell

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Sky Bet Championship: Sean Dyche proud of Burnley in 1-1 draw with Bournemouth

Last Updated: 09/11/13 7:06pm

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Sean Dyche: Content to remain top of the league

Sean Dyche: Content to remain top of the league

Burnley's winning streak at Turf Moor might have been halted by a familiar face but manager Sean Dyche praised his side's commitment and quality as they remain top of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Clarets were looking for a fifth straight home win as they welcomed Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe, who left Burnley last November to return to the Cherries.

It looked like it would be the happiest of returns for Howe as Tokelo Rantie's superb 25-yard strike five minutes after half-time appeared to be handing Bournemouth a first-ever win at Turf Moor.

But the in-form Danny Ings rescued Burnley with an 84th-minute equaliser, stretching his side's unbeaten run in the league to 12 games.

Dyche admitted there was a little regret at his side's failure to again take all three points but that was eclipsed by his pride.

"I was really happy with the way we kept going to force a point," Dyche said.

"Tom [Heaton] has hardly had a save to make. He had one in the first half which was for the cameras and a good take from one slung in from 35 yards so there were good signs.

"It's hard because teams come here and they want to do well. There is a mild tinge of disappointment but I've told them that they're top of the league, they've taken 26 points out of 30 so I said I wouldn't be too disappointed.

"It's hard to win football matches all the time but we've shown great quality again.

"We're plus-17 goals so we can't be too hard on the players just because there was a couple which didn't go our way."

After a goalless first-half Rantie lit the game up as he turned his man 25 yards from goal before unleashing a drive that cannoned in off the bar.

But it was not enough for the win as with six minutes left substitute Junior Stanislas lofted in a measured ball which Sam Vokes flicked on for his strike partner Ings to nod home.

Bournemouth manager Howe said: "I think when you're 1-0 like we were with the time left in the game you're disappointed not to win but I thought it was a really honest game between two really honest teams.

"Burnley play very aggressively on the front foot and put a lot of long balls into your box and you have to defend them and I think if there has been a criticism of us this season it has been defensively in the area but I thought we responded very well here.

"We scored a terrific goal and with the time left we were hoping we could win it.

"I think we do have goals in us going forward but improving the defensive record is the priority.

"We adjusted our style of play today and I think we had to because if we had our usual free-flowing football it would have been a difficult game for us.

"Burnley press the life out of teams and we didn't want to walk into that.

"It was an emotional day. It meant a lot to me to try and get a display. I was really pleased with the reception we got from Burnley supporters."

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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Burnley effort pleases Dyche

Burnley effort pleases Dyche

Burnley's winning streak at Turf Moor might have been halted by a familiar face but manager Sean Dyche praised his side's commitment and quality as they remain top of the Sky Bet Championship.