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Sean Dyche praises Burnley's under-rated understudies for win over Watford

Sean Dyche praised Burnley's under-rated understudies for delivering the latest win in what is becoming a memorable year at Turf Moor.

Dyche was forced into a couple of changes against his former club Watford on Saturday, with Ben Mee missing from the heart of defence for the first time this season and winger Robbie Brady beginning a six-month absence following a bad knee injury.

The pair's absence did not derail the Clarets, though, with Scott Arfield grabbing the only goal of the game in Brady's stead and Kevin Long helping the defence bag a clean sheet without captain Mee's organisational qualities.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope has already made light of Tom Heaton's lay-off and Dyche is delighted by the contributions of his squad men.

"The pride I have in the people who are not playing (regularly) here is immense," he told the club's official website.

"When you are playing well and the team is playing well, things look after themselves in a sense, but if you are on the edge of it, it's sometimes difficult.

"Scott works ever so hard for the team and sometimes it's that old favourite that familiarity breeds a bit of contempt and it shouldn't do because again he has popped up with a fine goal.

"He grew into the game, especially in the second half, as did Kevin Long, who also did well because it's not easy sometimes to be dropped in."

Watford had held their own until Marvin Zeegelaar's rash challenge on Steven Defour earned him a 39th-minute red card.

Arfield struck moments before the half-time whistle and, despite a spirited showing after the break, Marco Silva's men were unable to get back into the game.

That means they have now taken just one point from their last three outings, with full-back Daryl Janmaat eyeing for an early chance to put things right at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

"Our fans are always positive and help us a lot, it's a shame we didn't get them a point but hopefully we can give them something on Tuesday," the Dutchman told

"With 10 men we showed commitment and fighting spirit but we were unlucky we didn't get the goal. We have to put this result behind us and try to take three points on Tuesday."

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