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SEAN Dyche said Burnley had to ‘fight for every inch’ of their victory over Crystal Palace, after admitting the Eagles had been the better side at Turf Moor.

Chris Wood gave the Clarets the lead inside three minutes but they had to hang on for much of the afternoon, with Palace enjoying 65 per cent possession and taking 23 shots to Burnley’s four.

About Burnley
Burnley () is a market town in Lancashire, England, with a population of 73,021. It is 21 miles (34 km) north of Manchester and 20 miles (32 km) east of Preston, at the confluence of the River Calder and River Brun.
The town is partially surrounded by countryside to the south and east, with the smaller towns of Padiham and Nelson to the west and north respectively. It has a reputation as a regional centre of excellence for the manufacturing and aerospace industries.
The town began to develop in the early medieval period as a number of farming hamlets surrounded by manor houses and royal forests, and has held a market for more than 700 years. During the Industrial Revolution it became one of Lancashire’s most prominent mill towns; at its peak it was one of the world’s largest producers of cotton cloth, and a major centre of engineering.
Burnley has retained a strong manufacturing sector, and has strong economic links with the cities of Manchester and Leeds, as well as neighbouring towns along the M65 corridor. In 2013, in recognition of its success, Burnley received an Enterprising Britain award from the UK Government, for being the “Most Enterprising Area in the UK”. For the first time in more than fifty years, a direct train service now operates between the town’s Manchester Road railway station and Manchester’s Victoria station, via the newly restored Todmorden Curve, which opened in May 2015.

Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0: Sean Dyche praises 'fight' of players in seeing …

About Crystal
A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents (such as atoms, molecules, or ions) are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. In addition, macroscopic single crystals are usually identifiable by their geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations. The scientific study of crystals and crystal formation is known as crystallography. The process of crystal formation via mechanisms of crystal growth is called crystallization or solidification.
The word crystal derives from the Ancient Greek word κρύσταλλος (krustallos), meaning both “ice” and “rock crystal”, from κρύος (kruos), “icy cold, frost”.
Examples of large crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, and table salt. Most inorganic solids are not crystals but polycrystals, i.e. many microscopic crystals fused together into a single solid. Examples of polycrystals include most metals, rocks, ceramics, and ice. A third category of solids is amorphous solids, where the atoms have no periodic structure whatsoever. Examples of amorphous solids include glass, wax, and many plastics.
Crystals are often used in pseudoscientific practices such as crystal therapy, and, along with gemstones, are sometimes associated with spellwork in Wiccan beliefs and related religious movements.

But the win took Dyche’s side to seven points after four games and he was happy to see his side dig in for the victory.

“Against West Brom, I thought it was arguably our best performance of the season and we got nothing, and today wasn’t the case, we got the win but had to fight for every inch of it,” he said.

Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0: Sean Dyche praises 'fight' of players in seeing …

“I thought they were very good, they played with more freedom than in recent weeks, and maybe the goal strangely helped with that.

“When you’re 1-0 down you just think ‘right, let’s just have a go’.

“I thought they were very strong and looked a more familiar side on paper, which I was worried about.

“I saw the teamsheet and thought it looked more like how Palace are and how they’re effective.

“And they played like that, they mixed it well, put a lot in the box, for the strength of Benteke, and got it forward cleverly.

“In balance, we defended fantastically well and you earn a bit of luck now and again.

“They had a few chances but two golden chances, especially big Dann’s header at the end.”

Burnley lost Tom Heaton to a suspected dislocated shoulder in the first half, but Nick Pope made a crucial late save to deny Benteke and Dyche praised his second choice goalkeeper’s performance.

“It was a brilliant save, not just because he got his foot there, but he shortened the angle to go at the ball, and he delivered a good performance,” he said.

“It’s tough when you go into that game, we’re not playing as well, the opposition are, and you’ve got to hold your nerve and he did that very well – and the two centre halves in front of him, Tarky was immense.

“Ben Mee was solid again, and we know we’ve got to fight for everything continually.”

Palace are still yet to score or claim a point in the Premier League this season, with Frank de Boer already coming under pressure at Selhurst Park.

But Dyche had a consoling word with the Dutchman after the game.

“I don’t think any manager wants sympathy, I just said ‘I thought you were the better side’,” the Clarets chief said.

“I think I’m honest, I attempt to be, and they were the better side, they deserved something from the game.

“I think there’s a respect among managers and try to call it right.

“In balance, we’ve done the jobs we needed to to see the game out, but it’s fair to be honest, they generally were the better side.”