Burnley ensured manager Sean Dyche had a very happy new year as he celebrated his 100th league win after his side came from behind to beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith's stadium.
Ashley Barnes scored the winner with 16 minutes to go after Chris Wood had cancelled out the hosts' opener from Steve Mounie in the first half.
Dyche can’t ask for any more after “fantastic response”
Dyche was very pleased following the game which saw his side rise to 16th in the Premier League table following back to back wins.
“After five games we had one point so there has been hard work done and look how we are beginning to grow again,” Dyche told the club’s website.
“There’s more to be done but the response has been fantastic, back to back wins home and away and coming from behind to win. I can’t ask any more of the players than that.”
Dyche also believes that his Clarets side are beginning to look like the team of old.
“We know there is a lot of work to be done, but we are beginning to look like our old selves other than the blip against Everton,” Dyche continued.
“The connections are coming back and we are beginning to find our groove, but we have to go again and again and build momentum and the only way we can do that is to keep performing at the high levels we know we can.”
Both teams had a player sent off, with Chris Schindler receiving his marching orders for Town for two yellow cards just after Wood’s equaliser despite him not knowing he had already been booked only for Robbie Brady to be dismissed for a cynical foul in the 90th minute.
However, the red for Brady caused no change to the outcome of the game as Burnley held on to the win despite a late flurry of chances from the hosts.
Dyche had no complaints about Brady’s red card and said “I’m pleased because this was an awkward game.”
Goalscorer Barnes hails great support from fans
The players on the pitch knew the importance of the result, one that Barnes credits the amazing travelling support for.
“It was a massive win, we haven’t had that for a while and it was good to give the fans something to cheer about and go home happy,” Barnes said after celebrating his winner in front of the sold-out away end.
“They were singing all night and they helped us along the way. We had to dig deep there when we were down to 10 as well and we did that, it was fantastic.”
Barnes also praised his teammates and their style of play, claiming “We had to be patient and keep moving the ball quickly and have the resilience to keep the attacking at every opportunity.
“You could see them tiring and we got our rewards at the end of the game.”