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Dyche: Burnley Proved Doubters Wrong With Victory Over Chelsea

Dyche: Burnley Proved Doubters Wrong With Victory Over Chelsea

"It was a key moment because after that red card we conceded three goals, but we must pay attention because there is the whole rest of the game to do your best".

Burnley raced into a three-goal lead, before Alvaro Morata and David Luiz pulled two back for the hosts.

Morata thought he had his second when he bundled the ball over the line from Christensen's cross, only to see the linesman had flagged for offside.

While there will be plenty of deflated Chelsea fans around the world, there was one major positive to be taken from Saturday. They chose to play another free-kick short in the 43rd minute.

It was to get worse for the champions in the first half though as Vokes made it 3-0 to Burnley in the 42nd minute when the striker headed a wonderful Defour cross into the corner of the net. In fact, they opened up the pitch more with 10 on the pitch.

"Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very hard to change the final result despite the great commitment, will and desire of my players".

New signing Alvaro Morata was introduced with an hour on the clock as he replaced Michy Batshuayi in a tactical substitution.

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Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal. A frantic finish saw Burnley's Robbie Brady strike the post with a free-kick, while Chelsea's pressure just failed to bring an equalizer.

Conte, who only two weeks ago admitted he feared the sack, would not publicly criticise his players or referee Craig Pawson, who sent off Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.

The midfielder dived in late on Jack Cork and is shown a second yellow.

Leicester City lost 2-1 at Hull City on the first day last season, but given the unexpected nature of their title win, this was the biggest opening-day shock since Manchester United's 3-1 loss at Aston Villa in 1995.

Elsewhere, Miguel Britos scored a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser for Watford as Liverpool were held to a thrilling 3-all draw at Vicarage Road.

It was a dispiriting afternoon for Conte, who won the title in his first season at the club but has complained that Chelsea have not signed enough new players while allowing several to leave.

Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the victor against Stoke and his 199th goal in the Premier League.


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