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Burnley take classy FA Cup win

Press Association logoPress Association 28/01/2017

Burnley boss Sean Dyche labelled Steven Defour's chipped goal "sublime" as the Belgian scored in the Clarets' sixth home win on the bounce.

The 28-year-old scooped a shot over Bristol City goalkeeper Fabian Giefer from the edge of the box during the second half of a 2-0 FA Cup success after Sam Vokes had swept home his 50th Burnley goal.

It took Dyche's team into the fifth round for the first time in six years and the highlight was very much Defour's effort, which came at the end of a counter-attack the Belgium international had instigated.

"In my time here the fans have been fortunate to see some good stuff and successful football, but that was a sublime finish," Dyche said.

"If it was in the Premier League they'd be showing it a thousand times."

Defour, who has over 50 caps for his country, was seen as a significant coup when Burnley splashed out a then club-record AGBP7.4million to lure him from Anderlecht in the summer.

However, he has been in and out of Dyche's XI and struggled to complete 90 minutes when he has been given the starting nod..

"It's a long process to get to the tempo and the demands of English football, the Premier League especially," Dyche stressed.

"He's shown really good signs of a connection with his teammates and the understanding of the differences here and what it means to be in the Premier League."

A trip to Turf Moor in the cup had given Bristol City the opportunity to forget about their woeful Championship form.

Eight successive defeats in the league had left the Robins in the bottom four and had ramped up the pressure on Lee Johnson, but the boss is confident he can turn things around.

"I heard the fans singing my name which gave me pride," Johnson said.

"It's been a horrible time for everyone but if we come through this it will make us stronger. If we take the positives into the next two league games we will be fine."

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