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Dyche eager to build on first win

By Staff Reporter

Burnley claimed their first top-flight win of the season at the 11th time of asking as they edged a 1-0 win over Hull at Turf Moor.

Recalled Ashley Barnes was the hero as he headed home Kieran Trippier's 50th-minute cross to finally get Sean Dyche's season up and running.

Dyche stressed the need for his side to build on the achievement.

"At the end of the day, it is not about one win," said Dyche.

"It's great - I'll enjoy it, don't get me wrong. But there is more than one needed. We know that the journey takes a lot more than one win."

Dyche had no doubt the single win in itself would provide a significant mental boost for the club.

He said: "It is important to get that first win, of course - psychologically for the players, for their belief, and for the town's belief that we can at least compete and give everything in this division to make what everyone is saying is the impossible possible. That is our job."

The returning Andy Carroll came agonisingly close to claiming all three points for West Ham in his first appearance of the season at Upton Park.

The Hammers were largely frustrated by a resolute Aston Villa side who were looking to end a miserable run of six successive defeats.

Diafra Sakho missed two late chances before Carroll replaced Mark Noble in stoppage time and saw a strong late header brilliantly saved by Brad Guzan as Villa clung on for a goalless draw.

Carroll, signed by the Hammers in a club-record £15million deal from Liverpool in June 2013, admits it was frustrating having to carefully manage his rehabilitation after ankle surgery, and now has regaining a regular starting place firmly in his sights.

"It is a great feeling to be back. It took a long time, a lot of hard work and I have to give credit to all of the medical staff for getting me back fit," he said.

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