Sean Dyche: We’re allowed to compete with big clubs


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Manager Sean Dyche says Burnley are “allowed” to compete against the Premier League’s big clubs following criticism of their approach in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The point all but secures the Clarets’ top-flight status for another season, and while it lifted Chelsea back into the top four, the Blues were left frustrated that they couldn’t earn all three.

All the goals were scored in the opening 24 minutes, with Jeff Hendrick scoring first for Burnley before N’Golo Kante equalised. Ashley Barnes then responded after Gonzalo Higuain had put the home side ahead.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was booked for time wasting as early as the 32nd minute, with Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola and central defender David Luiz critical of Burnley’s approach afterwards.

The Brazilian labelled it “anti-football” although Dyche felt his side had done little wrong in the game as his opposite number Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands after tempers between the respective dugouts flared in the second half.

“We are allowed to win or get a point at these big clubs,” said Dyche.

“I’d be interested to see the physical stats. If someone goes down with cramp, I’ve seen their players go down with cramp before.

“We’re not blessed with the most technical players – they cost a lot of money. We have a resilience. You are allowed to defend it out – it’s part of the game.”

Burnley face another stern test on Sunday when Manchester City come calling at Turf Moor. The home side are 17.00 to win, with the draw 7.50 and Pep Guardiola’s side strong favourites at 1.17.

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