Sean Dyche has spoken of his joy at Burnley by changing the narrative after recording their first Premier League season win with a 3-1 win over Brentford at Turf Moor.
On the day Dyche reached nine as club manager, his side scored three unanswered first-half times, via Chris Wood in the fourth minute, Matt Lowton in the 32nd and Maxwel Cornet four minutes later.
Brentford substitute Saman Ghoddos scored a goal with 11 minutes of regulation time remaining, but the visitors couldn’t spoil Dyche’s birthday as Burnley scored the maximum points for the first time in 10 appearances championship this season, and 13 including the end of the last term.
Dyche – whose team came out of the relegation zone, up to 17th place – said: “I thought we were a great first half, the feel of the performance, the football mix we have. found to affect them.
“I said recently that the performances were good. I talked about the margins, the details. It met today without a doubt. I really liked the energy of the performance in the first half and also part of the quality.
“There was a bit of nervousness in the second half, you’d expect it. It’s one of those things, and I’ve told players about it – it’s just kind of an emotional control of the game. We’re normally pretty good at it, but when you haven’t had of victory, it plays in your mind. “
Burnley took the advantage early as Lowton stretched the ball forward to the right and Ethan Pinnock attempted to intercept but couldn’t stop him from running towards Wood, who unleashed a shot beyond Premier League debutant Álvaro Fernández, replacing injured David Raya, who is set to be out for several months after damaging ligaments.
The home side doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute when Lowton took the lead on a Charlie Taylor cross. Burnley fans were barely done celebrating their side scored again as Cornet, delightfully, scored his fourth goal in five league appearances since joining the club, knocking down an assist from Dwight McNeil then crushing the ball in front of Fernández.
Brentford reduced the deficit with a superb volley from Ghoddos with 11 minutes remaining, but they couldn’t make things more nervous for Burnley in the playoffs.
Regarding his nine years at the helm, Dyche said: “[The new ownership] have been very patient with what they see, the previous owners have been very patient, and the fans have been very patient.
“I think it’s an achievement, I’m aware of it, to be at a club for so long in the modern era of football the demands of it. But my personal perspective is more on the game. I had a glass of wine and some dinner with my team last night.
Thomas Frank, whose Brentford side remain 12th after their third consecutive league loss, said: “I think it was almost written in the stars that we had to lose today because Sean Dyche had been in charge nine years that day and did fantastic. So I didn’t want to spoil this party obviously! I have congratulated Sean before, great respect.
“We’ve played 10 Premier League games, 20 halves, and we’ve had two bad ones – the second half against West Ham and this first half. If we continue with this level of performance, then no problem.
“We knew what Burnley would do, we were prepared for it, and then defensively we executed situations very poorly… and at those times they executed perfectly, which is why it went wrong.” PA Media