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BURNLEY OUT OF EUROPA LEAGUE

Burnley rediscovered their identity despite crashing out of the Europa League, says manager Sean Dyche.

The Clarets failed to make it through to Friday’s group stage draw after wasting a string of chances in their play-off round second leg against Olympiakos at Turf Moor.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Greece, Sam Vokes spurned two great goalscoring opportunities before hitting the post, while Ashley Barnes and 18-year-old Dwight McNeil also went close.

The hosts were punished when Daniel Podence fired into the roof of the net after a counter-attack before substitute Matej Vydra scrambled an equaliser.

However, Burnley lost on 4-2 on aggregate and, after securing a return to European football for the first time in 51 years, are out after just 36 days and six games.

Dyche, who has seen his side make a stuttering start to the Premier League season, preferred to concentrate on the positives afterwards and insisted the club would learn from the experience.

“That performance was back to where we belong, it’s back to everything we are about,” he added.

“I wanted our team to get back to their identify and I felt that was clearly on show from the first whistle to the last.

“We mixed our play well, we created chances, there was energy – all the things you want from a performance.

“The result doesn’t get us through but it could have easily have turned our way.”

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