Sean Dyche's comments following Wolves draw
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Burnley held on to keep their five-game unbeaten run alive, after a battling 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

Adama Traore rattled Nick Pope’s crossbar with the best chance of a lukewarm encounter on a chilly night in the West Midlands.

The Clarets' best opportunity fell to Matej Vydra who waited too long before striking the ball, as his late chance went begging.

Sean Dyche was impressed with his side’s defensive performance to earn a “very hard-earned point”.

  • On the performance…

Dyche was very complimentary of his team’s defensive resilience against a strong Wolves side.

“A very hard-earned point. Wolves are going very well, and they are a decent outfit. We were not as good collectively on the offensive side but defensively we were strong again which is important throughout a season.

“We have collected a clean sheet away from home and I thought Charlie Taylor tonight was absolutely outstanding, both ways. He tried to create opportunities for us and he was excellent defensively.

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“Charlie is continuing to thrive this season, I believe in him anyway, but he is having a great season. Nathan Collins came in and he did very well again, he was solid. That unit tonight in particular was very important to us.”

Going forward, it was a frustrating night, for Chris Wood in particular who was substituted in the second half, much to the New Zealand international’s dismay.

We didn’t find out mark going forward as much as we would have liked. We had a couple of early chances, Woody swiped at one and Vydra, if he moved forwards into a moment, rather than waiting for the ball to bounce.

“They are important factors in every game, especially when matches are tight. We were not on the mark offensively but very strong defensively.”

  • On Wood’s reaction…

Dyche welcomed the former Leeds United man’s response to being brought off.

“I don’t want players to be impressed when they are taken off, simple as that.

“You don’t want players who are happy to come off a pitch, you want them to be a bit frustrated.

“They know if they are not on the mark and he was quiet tonight, he wasn’t what I know he can be because he is a top, top striker.

“He didn’t get to grips with the game tonight but he is a top striker and he has proved that with us and will continue to do so.”

Charlie Taylor has come under a bit of fire for his performances this season, but he produced an excellent display at left-back at Molineux.

And his manager believes it is time he starts to receive some international recognition.

“I thought he was outstanding both ways, and I've told him so, he continues to perform and improve.

“His attacking play was good, that keeps improving, he's adding that bit more quality in the final third, and I've said, in my opinion, he should be at least around the England group, not necessarily playing, or in every squad, but he should be around the thoughts.

“He was outstanding.”

  • Finally, on Wolves…

The result cemented the West Midlands side’s sixth place position, and Dyche was impressed with how his charges dealt with a team pressing for the European places.

Their goal tally is not huge, I thought we defended well

“I don't remember too many saves Popey (Nick Pope) had to make so that was pleasing

“They have not been freescoring so I didn't really feel there was a real danger at times and we contained a lot of what they did.”

Burnley moved back ahead of Norwich City into 18th position in the Premier League and face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday, looking to move out of the bottom three.

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