Burnley near Europa League spot despite Brighton draw

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In January the defender made a complaint against West Brom player Jay Rodriguez - who started his career at Burnley - after a clash between the pair during a Premier League game. "They should look at the two statements that came out - one from the independent committee and one from the FA - because I thought their reaction was shameful".

A goalless draw against Brighton edged Burnley ever closer to a first European campaign since 1966/67, but Dyche felt his side were slightly below par: "That's how far we've done that we end up disappointed in that".

Brighton then finish the season with matches against Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool and Albion boss Hughton said: "It's certainly good to have the points in the bag and I'd rather be in the position where we've got points than to be chasing those points".

"This has been a fantastic season".

"The points we've got on the table in the Premier League, you can't cheat that. It takes organisation, delivery of performance, the mentality to take on each game, and we've had that in abundance". The rebound off the woodwork and appeared to strike Lewis Dunk on the arm but Roger East refrained from awarding the home side their first Premier League penalty in more than a year.

"Until we are in a position where we're over the line then of course we can't rest easily".

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The losing pitcher was Shackelford (0-1), who allowed the tying run to score in the eighth and put two runners on in the ninth. Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton were 1-for-2 against him, while Scooter Gennett was 0-for-3 and Joey Votto was 0-for-1.

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Brighton were able to steal a point from Tottenham last weekend but have struggled over their last five games.

And Dyche feels his side will deserve such an achievement, as and when it is confirmed: "I've just found that out, I hadn't looked at all the results, just a few chats on the way".

The Cameroon global was targeted in the wake of his racism row with West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez, a Burnley-born player who started his career with his hometown club.

"In a game like today, which was a very tough game, I thought he put in a performance as he has done all season - a lot of discipline and knowing he's going to have to defend very well. Out of the two teams, if there was one that deserved a win more, I thought it was us".