The Den

Next Game

Millwall v Charlton

Friday, 03 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Valley

Last Game

Charlton 3 - 2 Reading

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Dyche happy to have options

Manager Sean Dyche believes the strength in depth of his striking options will be crucial to Burnley's promotion bid after they won 3-0 win against Charlton at The Valley.

Last Updated: 23/03/14 at 08:00 Post Comment

Sean Dyche: Praised Ashley Barnes after his goal

Sean Dyche: Praised Ashley Barnes after his goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

With Danny Ings, who has 25 goals this season, sidelined for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury, it provided Ashley Barnes with an opportunity to start.

And he took the chance with both hands in this Sky Bet Championship game, scoring the opening goal with a header on 38 minutes.

Sam Vokes then netted his 21st goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after he had been fouled by Dorian Dervite, before substitute Michael Kightly wrapped up the win at the end when his cross was deflected in.

"He's working with the group, he's new to it," Dyche said of Barnes, who signed from Brighton during the January transfer window.

"He's getting his chance now and I thought he delivered an all-round good performance.

"He's full of life, he wants to work for the team and he'll get more and more used to how we work.

"To get a goal is excellent. He knew the challenge in front of him when we brought him in.

"The main thing was getting someone in because we've had two strikers all season and with Ash coming in we've got three - and it just allows that bit of extra flexibility, other than tactical changes of course.

"We always knew it was important and although we had no real finance and knew we had to do something.

"We're not naive, we knew we had to affect it and we felt it was a better way to affect it by signing someone rather than taking someone on loan."

Jose Riga, the Charlton manager, praised his opposition for their clinical display, saying: "We knew already before the game that Burnley are a very efficient team.

"We played on Tuesday and they didn't and they were already good physically, so I think that we have to be more efficient - which isn't easy.

"Certainly we had the first chances during this game the first chances. But instead of scoring we conceded.

"It was already difficult to score against this team but we conceded and we knew at that moment it would be more difficult and we maybe had to change the way we play.

"We continued even in the last quarter to try to play more realistically, more direct - but, against this team, they were waiting for that."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy step up Arsenal comebacks

Jack Wilshere scored as he stepped up his comeback from injury against a Brentford XI at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday.

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company