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Burnley's Dyche insists no ill-feeling with Chelsea

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has made it clear that there is no ill-will between his club and Chelsea.

The two Premier League sides have been in the news for the wrong reasons this week following a clash between Clarets forward Ashley Barnes and Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Serbia international Matic was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson in the 70th minute of the 1-1 draw when he reacted angrily to a tackle by Barnes by throwing his opponent to the ground.

Matic had a three-game ban reduced to one by the Football Association who did not penalise Barnes for his challenge which prompted criticism from Jose Mourinho.

But after the dust settled, Burnley's Dyche insists there is no bad blood between the clubs who were merely involved in a forgettable incident.

"Our relationship with Chelsea hasn't changed. They have a fantastic manager, they're a fantastic club and have fantastic players, and these are just flash points that can happen in football," said Dyche.

"Every manager works on behalf of his players and the squad and they have the right to conduct themselves in any way they see fit. I have my way of working and I choose that, as have others.

"Ashley's been good. It's not ideal but we know how things get blown up very quickly at this level, particularly when the powerful people in the game give big opinions and the media run with it.

"But it's an interesting part of his learning curve and it's not something that's come his way before - I'm pretty sure of that. He's a steady lad and he's been doing tremendously for us.

"The lads have all been round him, as have the staff, so onwards and upwards for him. I hope he just plays with the freedom he has been doing."

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Andrew Slevison
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