Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes his side are capable of making a serious challenge to return to the Premier League next season after their relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday, writes BBC
Demotion came despite only their second away victory of the season at fellow strugglers Hull City, but other results went against them as Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City all won to ensure that they cannot be caught by the Clarets.
The only goal of the game was scored by top scorer Danny Ings, who is set to leave at the end of the season. His low drilled shot came after some hesitant defending from the hosts, who hit the crossbar through two Robbie Brady free-kicks but otherwise rarely troubled Tom Heaton in a nervous performance.
Promotion in second place last season came completely against the odds for a side that had one of the Championship’s lowest budgets, and they have managed to be competitive in the Premier League all season, with only a lack of goals letting them down. The winner at the KC Stadium was only the second time they have hit the net in 10 games.
Afterwards, an upbeat Dyche said: “I certainly believe [we can bounce back]. When I see how the players have performed there is growth. I can only imagine that we will be competitive.”
When asked the main reason behind his side’s failure to survive, he added: “Scoring goals, simple as that. The shape has been good, if you look at the scorelines we have been in every game. The energy, the will and belief has been terrific. We have the quality but it’s about finding it at the right times. The players will grow from this experience, so will I, so will the staff and so will the club.”
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