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17 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Sean Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes that Brighton & Hove Albion can establish themselves as a Premier League mainstay following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium.

The Clarets’ manager stressed that the league is tough and unforgiving, but also insisted that the Seagulls had the credentials to establish themselves in England’s top flight.

When asked whether Albion can transition from a good Championship side to a stable Premier League side - as Burnley are doing - Dyche said: "I think they'll aspire to what they want. 

“We're just a version of many teams who've gone up and then tried to find a way of staying in there and look more like a Premier League side. 

"There's no guarantees. You can look at some of the teams who are in awkward predicaments in the Premier League - biggish clubs who've been around in the league for a long time - it's a really unforgiving league. 

"Brighton had a really solid start and now they're searching for results, and that can happen - it can happen to anyone. Not so much the super powers, but from everyone else sixth place down, it can happen to anyone, I include ourselves in that.

“We're not the real deal, we're just a team who've improved. We've had to work for everything we've got today." 

Albion dominated the first half, missing a penalty and hitting the post, before the visitors came back into the contest after the break.

The Burnley boss reflected that a point was a fair result following a contest where the points were shared.

"I came here to win - I never go anywhere for a draw. But, after reflection on the game, then you go: 'Would I take a point, and a clean sheet, on the back of two wins and two clean sheets? Absolutely.' 

"You've got to respect the opposition, by the way, they have earned the right to be here and I like Chris and I like his team. 

“There's a good unit there, they really give a lot to the cause and there's a lot to like. So they've earned the right - like every team in the Premier League.

“When you're on a pitch of 11, you go: 'I think these are a good side.' So I'm really pleased with the point."

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