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Published: 17:44 | 12/1/19

Dyche hails return of Clarets "winning edge"

Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised the return of his team's "winning edge" as the Clarets came from behind to beat struggling Fulham 2-1 at a rain-soaked Turf Moor.

And it was Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick who played a key role in both Burnley goals with Fulham's Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi diverting  two of the 26-year-old's efforts into their own net.

Burnley have chalked up a hat-trick of Premier League wins to put further daylight between themselves and the relegation places, but for Claudio Ranieri's struggling Cottagers this latest setback now leaves them five points adrift of safety.

The visitors were left to bemoan their luck losing the points despite their hosts failing to have a shot on target in the match.

And yet the afternoon had started full of promise for Fulham.

They had not won at Turf Moor in 29 games stretching back to 1951, but that unenviable statistic was forgotten in the opening minute when Andre Schurrle produced a stunning strike to give them the lead.

The German plucked an Odoi long pass from over his shoulder with his outstretched foot from the edge of the box volleyed home off the crossbar.

The hosts dusted themselves down and after Chris Wood headed against the junction of post and crossbar turned the game on its head with two goals in four minutes midway through the half.

Fulham proved to be their own worst enemies and a porous defence that had leaked 28 goals on their league travels already this term was easily breached.

Jeff Hendrick might have had the final Clarets touch in both goals but he could not claim either. Firstly, his fizzing effort was going wide when it bounced off Joe Bryan past a helpless Sergio Rico and then four minutes later the midfielder's cross was headed into his own net by Odoi.

Fulham had their chances to restore parity with Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers heading against the woodwork and then sub Luciano Vietto forcing James Tarkowski into a goal-line clearance.

Dyche said: "We are really pleased to get three wins and nine points - four wins if you count the Cup game. We have that winning edge again and that's important.

"The mentality of our players to come back today and deliver the points was fantastic. We stayed calm after falling behind and grew into the game,so I am very pleased overall. 

"These have been big games for us. Two of them we've come back from one down.

"We've performed well and found ways to win. We've done it man y times before in the Premier League and that is part of our make-up.

"The wins have not solved everything, but it is another big step forward."

Fulham boss Ranieri remained upbeat despite his team's woes and is confident they can turn the corner.

"There are good moments and bad moments, and this is a bad moment" he said. "We will not give in and continue to believe and in the end we will be safe."

By Russell Stoddart

Image: Getty Images/ Gareth Copley

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