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Dyche praises Burnley for clinching three points against Blackpool

Sean Dyche Photo: PA

Sean Dyche has praised his Burnley side for clinching three points in last night's game against Blackpool.

Michael Kightly's second-half strike gave the Clarets a victory which brought them to the brink of automatic promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Burnley kept their cool and a return to the top flight after a four-year absence seems a formality now.

Dyche said: "It is another part of the business we have taken care of, it's a big result. That's 11 away (games) unbeaten and we had to work hard.

Dyche, who admitted he would not go out of his way to watch the final stages of the Rams' trip to Yorkshire, may be keen to keep a lid on any promotion celebrations until it is mathematically certain, but even he was willing to praise the 86 points his side have accumulated so far this term.

Burnley's Michael Kightly celebrates scoring his teams 1st goal against Blackpool Credit: PA