Dyche praises 'fearless' Gray after Huddersfield win
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was full of praise for Andre Gray - image via thefa.com

Sean Dyche was eager to single out star forward Andre Gray for praise after the former Brentford man scored both goals in Burnley's 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.

Gray won and converted an early penalty before coolly finishing past Terriers goalkeeper Jed Steer to give the Clarets a two-goal half-time lead which they managed to hold on to despite Michael Duff's late own goal.

Clarets keep the heat on promotion pack

The win saw Burnley remain in third position in the Championship table with their immediate neighbours Hull CityMiddlesbrough and Derby County all claiming victories of their own to keep the pressure on Brighton and Hove Albion at the top of the tree.

The Seagulls dropped points in a one-all draw at Reading, though their unbeaten start to the campaign remains intact.

Dyche was keen to give credit to Huddersfield who he told the club's official website "came to play" at Turf Moor, though he also claimed that his side had "dealt with them overall" despite their late counter-attacking goal.

Edgy Gray has 'no fear'

He praised his two forwards Gray and Sam Vokes for their "great link play" to forge the chance before what he said was "a sublime finish" from 24-year-old Englishman Gray.

The manager, who stayed with Burnley despite speculation linking him with the recently vacant Sunderland job, said that Gray had "that edge about him", noting that he has "no fear" and deals with failure immaculately.

The match actually marked Dyche's third anniversary in charge of the Lancashire side, his reign encompassing promotion to, and immediate relegation from, the Premier League in the last two seasons.

Gray's brace adds icing to the Burnley cake

He joked with his interviewer that "I was expecting a rolex... I got a cake though", smiling that he was "buzzing" to receive the recognition for his hard work at the club.

"I did think there might be a rolex in there," the popular manager continued, but confirmed that when he cut the cake, "it was just sultanas".

While the cake no doubt put a smile on Dyche's face, another vital three points may well have been his favourite anniversary present this year.

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