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Robbie Brady's Match-Winner Guides Burnley Into Premier League's Top 6

Robbie Brady's Match-Winner Guides Burnley Into Premier League's Top 6

On a night where the headlines will be dominated by a stroke of Wayne Rooney genius, the "champions elect" late winner that Man City snatched from Southampton, and the continually ridiculous form of Mohamed Salah, the absolutely amazing job that Sean Dyche is doing at Burnley should not be forgotten.

A 2-1 away at Bournemouth may not be the most eye-catching result, but in doing so Burnley have climbed above Spurs into 6th place in the Premier League.

For us, and Ireland fans everywhere, the fact that Robbie Brady was heavily involved is certainly pleasing. The Dubliner created the first goal when his cross was deflected into the path of Chris Wood, and then he went and scored what proved to be the winner with a sublime strike on his right foot.

But while this Burnley side as a whole will have turned heads with the fact that they are now in 6th, they simply deserve to be there.

In a Premier League season full of hopelessly organised sides, Sean Dyche has shown his ability to drill a side into playing far above their percieved ability. And it's not just Dyche, or the players, the entire club just looks well run.

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This point is made a lot more credible when you consider that for the same money they sold Andre Grey for, they were able to bring in Nick Pope, Chris Wood, and Johann Gudmundsson, three players that have been vital for the club's form as of late.

And then there's what they are doing with the Irish boys. Dyche turned Stephen Ward's career around when he brought him to the club, and we've seen him manage to get the best out of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick, something Martin O'Neill has struggled greatly with in recent times.

The club's fans are in dreamland, and righly so, this is an incredible story.

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And it's still developing.

Burnley are so going to have bad results here and there between now and the end of the season, but they are such a strong, consistent side that there is no reason why they can't keep this form up and be there and thereabouts in terms of European football next season.

For now however, all they will want to do is just keep...

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Mikey Traynor

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