Burnley manager impressed by former employers' change in style

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche witnessed his injury-ravaged side struggle to a 1-1 draw with Watford to tighten their grasp on automatic promotion.

Sean Dyche - who previously played and managed at Vicarage Road - has exceeded expectations by leading perennial mid-table stalwarts Burnley to within three victories of promotion to the Premier League. Burnley - who last experienced top-flight football in the 2009-10 season - were without strikers Sam Vokes and Danny Ings for the trip to Watford, and this lack of creativity accounted for the final result.

Troy Deeney opened the scoring for Watford, before Scott Arfield equalised late on to widen the gap to 10 points between second and third placed Queens Park Rangers, and also continue Watford's latent fault of conceding late goals.

Watford head-coach Beppe Sannino, when interviewed by the Watford Observer, said of the incident: "This game reflects perfectly Watford's season. The last 10 minutes we always throw away everything we do."

Sannino - who was brought in following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola - has revived the teams fortunes, and consolidated a mid-table position to allay the fears of relegation which poisoned Zola's final weeks in charge.

Having moved away from the free-flowing football which characterised Zola's reign, to a more pragmatic defensive style, Sannino has been criticised by many, both Watford and opposition fans, yet Dyche had nothing but praise for the challenge his opposition provided.

"I thought it was real good quality," he said "After they scored the goal they were pretty defensive minded and they sat off us and we had to find a way of breaking them down and it was difficult because the mentality has changed from last year when it was open and free flowing."

Dyche also praised his own players for sticking to their game-plan and seeing through the challenge to take a point away from Vicarage Road:

"I think we stuck with our game-plan really well, didn’t get disappointed by the goal, I always feel this group has got a chance to get something from the game and we’ve done it again, come from a goal down and it’s another valuable point."

As the season draws to the close, no one is denying Burnley's right to automatic promotion, and it is during periods of injuries and suspensions - such as the one Dyche is experiencing at the moment - which show your true ability. To secure a point against a revitalised Watford side at Vicarage Road almost guarantees promotion, and surely places Sean Dyche on the shortlist for any vacant management roles this summers.

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