Dyche: “I believe we’re in decent shape.”

Dyche: “I believe we’re in decent shape.”

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Burnley were relegated to the Championship

Despite beating Hull City 0-1 on Saturday, Burnley were relegated. But, manager Sean Dyche believes his team can bounce straight back to the Premier League.

Newcastle managed to pick up a point at home to West Brom, and that was enough to send the Clarets back down to the Championship after just one season in the top-flight.

That draw cancelled out Burnley’s victory, where Danny Ings scored the winning goal at the KC Stadium just after the hour mark. The away side held on to the three points despite Robbie Brady hitting the bar twice for the home side. Hull are also very much still in the relegation dogfight.

But, despite the disappointing end to the season, Dyche could take positives:

“I’m delighted with the way the players performed and the manner of the result,” Dyche told BBC Sport.

Statistically we knew it would be tough to stay up, but mentally the players have been terrific.

“To be written off so heavily from the start by so many — their resilience has been fantastic. We did what we had to do [at Hull] but we have not done it enough over the course of the season.

Dyche took over at the club two years ago, when they were languishing in the bottom half of the Championship. And, the former Watford manager was quick to identify the main issue this season for the Lancashire side:

Scoring goals has been our problem. Our shape has been good, our energy and workrate has been terrific.

“The players will grow from these experiences — so will I, so will the staff, so will the club. I’ve been proud of the players home and away, we have always tried to attack and played on the front foot.

“But of course relegation is disappointing.

“I believe we’re in decent shape to bounce straight back. There will be definite growth in the players. I can imagine we will be competitive in the Championship next season.”