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Burnley's Dyche praises Hart for rising to new challenge

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to his new challenge at Turf Moor. Credit: PA

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to his new challenge at Turf Moor.

The 75-times capped England goalkeeper ended his 12-year association with Manchester City in August when he joined Burnley on a permanent deal after loan spells at Torino and West Ham in the last two seasons.

Hart has been a Premier League ever-present since and continued his fine early-season form with a man-of-the-match performance in Burnley's 2-1 victory at Cardiff on Sunday.

"When I spoke to him coming in he was free to play," Dyche said.

"He had a start with the injuries (to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton) but I told him there was a big demand here with the group of goalkeepers we've got.

"He's risen to that, but then he's a quality goalkeeper. Joe needed a base again, he's been on loan and it's a different challenge.

"The one thing he didn't come for was the money, 100 per cent.

"He wanted to play and test himself, he knew it wouldn't be a walk in the park. He's taken on that challenge and enjoyed it."