Burnley boss Sean Dyche delighted to give fans a chance of ‘European Tour’

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Sean Dyche is relieved he can finally offer Burnley fans an authentic


Sean Dyche is relieved he can finally offer Burnley fans an authentic ‘European’ trip after seeing off Aberdeen, but admits the Premier League will always be top priority.

The Clarets needed extra-time to beat Aberdeen in the second leg of their Europa League qualifying tie,

It was Turf Moor’s first taste of continental competition in 51 years.

Sean Dyche is relieved he can finally offer Burnley fans an authentic 'European' trip

Sean Dyche is relieved he can finally offer Burnley fans an authentic ‘European’ trip

Burnley supporters celebrate following their side's victory over Aberdeen on Thursday

Burnley supporters celebrate following their side's victory over Aberdeen on Thursday

Burnley supporters celebrate following their side’s victory over Aberdeen on Thursday

The Dons were probably not the kind of side fans hoped for when they sealed their place in the competition, but they were worthy opponents, drawing 1-1 at Pittodrie and only succumbing 3-1 in the return leg after extra-time goals from Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes.

Prior to that they had provided the game’s defining moment, teenager Lewis Ferguson cancelling out Chris Wood’s opener with a sublime bicycle kick.

Burnley head to Turkey next week and a meeting with Istanbul Basaksehir.

‘Our fans literally just wanted to get into Europe so they could have a European tour! I’m pleased we achieved that for them,’ he said.

Ashley Barnes scores their third goal from the penalty spot in the second period of extra-time

Ashley Barnes scores their third goal from the penalty spot in the second period of extra-time

Ashley Barnes scores their third goal from the penalty spot in the second period of extra-time

‘It’s on my CV too, a win in Europe, whatever way you look at it.’

Dyche’s mind is most keenly focused on matters closer to home though. Wood was taken off at half-time after complaining of a sore thigh and hip and there were worries over Aaron Lennon and Stephen Ward before the end too.

With the Premier League opener against Southampton following three days after the Turkish trip, he is already beginning to feel his resources stretching.

‘We’ve got to be careful, tonight was weird because we’re drawing and I’m thinking, ‘I’ve still got a Premier League campaign coming’,’ said Dyche.

Barnes celebrates scoring their third goal and sending Burnley through to next round

Barnes celebrates scoring their third goal and sending Burnley through to next round

Barnes celebrates scoring their third goal and sending Burnley through to next round

‘It’s tough because we wanted to win, but I can’t lose my players. Whatever happens this is still not as important as the Premier League and I’ve made that clear to everyone.

‘As soon as I found out Woody (was struggling) he’s got to come off. Aaron had a tight hamstring and he almost ran back for one, so I’m shouting not to. The bigger picture still has to be there.’

Dyche has a few days now to hatch a plan for his next assignment – with preparation and pronunciation on the agenda.

‘I can’t even say the name yet, but we’ve had people sussing things out, we’ll be all right,’ he said of Basaksehir. 

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