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Dyche proud after win at Stoke

Burnley boss Sean Dyche expressed his pride after the Clarets completed back-to-back victories with a 2-1 triumph at Stoke.

The previous outing for Dyche's men had seen them defeat Hull 1-0 at home - the first win of what is the club's comeback Barclays Premier League campaign.

Having followed that by securing another three points at the Britannia Stadium, Burnley are off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, below 17th-placed Leicester on goal difference alone.

And asked if he was proud, Dyche - whose side raced into a two-goal lead through a quickfire Danny Ings brace early on, conceded a Jonathan Walters header around the half-hour and then withstood an increasing barrage of pressure - said: "Yes.

"It is a different way of winning and that is an important factor. Not for one minute do we think we are going to roll around the Premier League slicking the ball around for 95 minutes.

"I thought we were very good for the first 15, starting on the front foot and scoring two high-quality goals on the counter.

"Fair play to Stoke - they just came at us in wave after wave.

"But the framework of our team was very good, and the old-fashioned traits that I believe in whole-heartedly were on show today - the will, the desire, the respect, the honesty and the team ethic.

"Everyone tells me that in the Premier League, back-to-back wins is massive, and I'll go with that of course.

"The team are developing and learning - and learning fast."

Dyche had been keen after the Hull win to emphasise the importance of building on that result, and had similar sentiments following the Stoke victory.

He said: "I've enjoyed looking at the table. But I said it last time and I meant it - it is one win, and after that you need another one. And we still do. We need more.

"It is there to be enjoyed, but we need more wins."

Ings took advantage of sloppy Stoke play to score his double, slotting in the rebound in the 12th minute when Asmir Begovic parried straight to him, and then converting a Michael Kightly cross in the 13th while unmarked.

Ings, the top scorer of Burnley's 2013-14 promotion campaign, appears to now be finding his feet this season, having returned from a hamstring problem in October.

He now has three goals this term for the Clarets, and also scored twice for England Under-21s at his home ground Turf Moor in the recent international break.

And Dyche said of the striker: "At the start of the season there was a lot of expectation on him and that is very hard for young players.

"I said all along his injury would do him good in a strange kind of way, and he has come out of it looking nice and sharp and fresh.

"He'll learn a load from what he is doing at the moment. I think he had already name for himself before this season, and it's now about how far he can take his name forward."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, whose side dropped a place to 10th, felt Burnley had been guilty of some time wasting but had no doubt that the real key to the match had been the Potters' early errors.

"We lost the game because of the first 10 to 15 minutes where we didn't really understand what the opposition were likely to do against us," Hughes said.

"We had a makeshift back four (injured defensive duo Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters were replaced in the first XI by Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa), but even so, we still had enough quality and experience at the back.

"In that first period we gave them two great opportunities through collective and individual errors, and they took them.

"Leading into this, we were looking to get back-to-back wins, and by the finish Burnley had done what we wanted to. Credit to them - they defended for their lives in the second half."

Asked about time wasting, Hughes added: "Against Tottenham (a 2-1 win last time out), after about 20 minutes our goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was booked for allegedly time wasting.

"The Burnley goalkeeper (Tom Heaton), who was probably doing it more here than Asmir on that occasion, wasn't booked for it until after 60 minutes.

"But that wasn't the reason we got beat.

"We are a little bit frustrated with everything in the end, but the top and bottom of it is that in the first 10 to 15 minutes, we had given ourselves too much to do."

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