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Sean Dyche ‘delighted’ with win over former side Burnley

Sean Dyche received a warm welcome on his return to Burnley, but his Everton team dampened the mood with a 2-0 victory, adding to Burnley’s relegation concerns at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Dyche, who spent almost a decade in charge at Turf Moor, twice achieving promotion and maintaining Premier League status against the odds, was back at the ground where he was dismissed in April 2022 amid their last, ultimately unsuccessful, battle against relegation.

Despite Everton sitting 16th, a 10-point deduction for financial rule breaches places them in a better position, and goals from Amadou Onana and Michael Keane secured their fourth consecutive win.

Without the penalty, they would be ninth. Keane’s goal in the 25th minute marked his first of the season on his return to the lineup, with Ben Godfrey also making his first league start of the season in a reshuffled side due to late withdrawals.

“I was delighted,” Dyche said. “We’re a side pieced together yesterday morning. We lost Myko (Vitaliy Mykolenko) with a tight groin and because we’ve got injuries and suspensions we can’t risk players so we had to change everything in a morning.

“Their acceptance to go and deliver a performance that can win was very pleasing.”

Dyche welcomed on his return to Burnley

Vincent Kompany extended a welcome to Sean Dyche in his program notes, acknowledging Dyche’s return to Turf Moor. However, it’s worth noting that the chairman who dismissed Dyche, Alan Pace, did not mention him in his own notes. Despite this, Dyche expressed no issues with his former boss and expressed gratitude for the warm reception he received.

“I saw Alan Pace this morning, in the hotel where we were staying, and said hello,” said Dyche. “Football is a weird business, I didn’t throw my dummy out, I’ve done my bit, done my years at Burnley and I shook his hand and said have a nice season, crack on.

“I met Vinny at the end of last season and told him how impressed I was with his work. Said how he hadn’t lost the fabric of it but changed it to his own liking. We can all moan about everyone and everything but people have a lot on their plate. I just try and take care of mine and get on with it.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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