Burnley’s ability to grind out yet another result was hailed by Sean Dyche as the Sky Bet Championship leaders overcame Leeds United 1-0 to ensure they remained on top of the table.
It was not a vintage performance from the team who started the day as the division’s top scorers and they would have dropped points had Chris Wood taken either of the clear-cut openings he had in the second half.
However, having reached 80 points with five games to go, Dyche was just pleased to record another victory at Turf Moor as they close in on an instant return to the Barclays Premier League.
“Today was a different affair but you’ve got to find a way,” the Burnley boss said.
“If you want to be successful in any industry, but certainly in football, certainly in the Championship, you have to find a way to win.”
Burnley have not been beaten since Boxing Day in the Championship and while the start of their 18-game unbeaten run featured more eye-catching performances and bigger margins of victory, their consistency has seen them retain top spot ahead of the chasing pack. Dyche added: “You can’t use the word ‘luck’ when you’re top of the league with 80 points at this stage of the season.
“That’s not about luck when you’ve gone this far down the line.
“It’s about all the different challenges and dealing with them over a season.
“There’s still more work to be done.”