Dyche: This promotion is better than 2014

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche believes promotion this season tops the achievement of 2014.

Burnley bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, with all the pressure and expectation that comes with that, having been something of a surprise package two years ago.

Sean Dyche and his players enjoy clinching promotion

Sean Dyche and his players enjoy clinching promotion

And Dyche feels the performance of his players - 22 league games unbeaten - has been remarkable: "It's marvellous, way better, it's a different feeling, the first is glorious because it's all new, this one has been so much planning, redesign, reshuffling, remodelling, way more than what everyone thinks.

"And we've used the old-fashioned 4-4-2 that Leicester are probably going to win the Premier League with, which is ironic, and strange.

"All of those things go in the melting pot, and I'm so delighted, the players have been outstanding, we've only used 23 - amazing for their mentality and physicality to do that.

"My staff have been absolutely fantastic, kept their eye on the ballot.

"We were heavily questions around the Christmas period, but I said 'we're fine, moulding, looking like a good team, looking like where I think it can go, and through all of that, 22 games unbeaten to finish with promotion, that is unbelievable by anyone's standards.

"I keep hearing we didn't play well. 22 games unbeaten? How many did we not play well in? You can't play not that well in all of them!

"It's 50-odd points in those games, and the standard is two points a game - unbelievable."

He added: "It feels fantastic. The work that's gone into this season is different from two years ago, two years ago you're under the radar, momentum, belief, the whole town, it's like a fairytale.

"This one had to be designed, put together, we had to spend, we lost big players and had to find a balance to the group to perform on a weekly basis in a very tough league.

"The amount of games played, the physical and mental demands, and still deliver, and get questioned.

"Two years ago it was 'wow, look at them', now it's 'they're not playing this way or that, they're not doing this or that', but we've stuck to the task, stuck to what we believe in and taken it all the way and got it over the line