Sean Dyche spoke of his delight at Burnley changing the narrative after they recorded their first win of the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Brentford at Turf Moor.
On the day Dyche reached nine years as the club’s manager, his side scored three times without reply in the first half, via Chris Wood in the fourth minute, Matt Lowton in the 32nd and Maxwel Cornet four minutes later.
The Brentford substitute Saman Ghoddos pulled a goal back with 11 minutes of normal time remaining, but the visitors were unable to spoil Dyche’s anniversary as Burnley took maximum points for the first time in 10 league outings this season, and 13 including the end of last term.
Dyche – whose team moved out of the relegation zone, up a place to 17th – said: “I thought we were excellent first half, the feel of the performance, the mixture of football we found to affect them.
“I’ve been saying recently the performances were good. I’ve been saying about the margins, about the details. It came together today without a doubt. I really liked the energy of the performance in the first half and also some of the quality.
“There was a bit of nervousness in the second half, you expect that. It’s one of those things, and I spoke to the players about it – it’s just kind of controlling the emotion of the game. We’re normally pretty good at that, but when you haven’t had a win, it does play on your mind.”
Burnley grabbed the lead early when Lowton lofted the ball forward on the right and Ethan Pinnock tried to intercept but could not prevent it running to Wood, who cracked a shot beyond the Premier League debutant Álvaro Fernández, replacing the 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 as Lowton rose to head in Charlie Taylor’s cross. Burnley fans had barely finished celebrating when their team scored again as Cornet, in delightful fashion, notched his fourth goal in five league appearances since joining the club, bringing down a pass from Dwight McNeil and then smashing the ball past Fernández.
Brentford reduced the deficit via a superb volley from Ghoddos with 11 minutes left, but they could not make things any more nervy for Burnley in the closing stages.
Regarding his nine years in charge, Dyche said: “[The new ownership] have been very patient with what they are seeing, the old owners going out were very patient, and the fans have been very patient.
“I think it is an achievement, I’m aware of that, to be at a club so long in the modern era of football, the demands of it. But my personal take on it is more about the game. I had a glass of wine and a bit of dinner with my staff last night.”
Thomas Frank, whose Brentford side stay 12th after their third successive league defeat, 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 on this day and done fantastic. So I didn’t want to ruin that party obviously! I already praised Sean before, big respect.
“We have played 10 games in the Premier League, 20 halves, and we have had two bad ones – second half against West Ham and this first half. If we continue with that performance level, then no problem.
“We knew what Burnley would do, we were prepared for it, and then defensively we executed situations very badly … and in those moments, they executed perfectly, so that’s why it went wrong.” PA Media