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Burnley's Rouwen Hennings scores at Cardiff City

Burnley's Rouwen Hennings scores at Cardiff City

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Sean Dyche praised his players’ never-say-die attitude after they rescued an unlikely point at Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Clarets – PNE opponents this weekend – looked set for a first defeat in nine outings when they trailed 2-0 in the Welsh capital with just five minutes remaining.

But a first goal for the club from German striker Rouwen Hennings and an injury-time Matthew Connolly own goal kept Burnley’s unbeaten run going.

Dyche said: “The belief is good, the mentality of the players is exceptional. I always speak to them about playing every minute of the game, we’ve all seen games change quickly, and it did again.

“We always thought, even at 2-0, we get the first and they’ll be rattled. And they were.”

Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe is adamant Derby County will win promotion this season.

Derby County’s recent upturn in form has seen them catapult back up the table.

They sit in third place, level on points with second-placed Middlesbrough, and two behind leaders Brighton.

Hinchcliffe is confident the Rams will win automatic promotion, believing manager Paul Clement has found a successful formula.

He said: “George Thorne has been important for them and Bradley Johnson has been fantastic since he came in. It’s just about finding the combinations that work.

“If they carry on like this then they’ve got too much quality to fall short. I’ll be amazed if they don’t finish in the top two.”

Defender Lewie Coyle looked all set to leave Leeds United on loan to link up with York City before the 
close of the Football League loan window last week.

And Coyle, 20, is disappointed the move away from Elland Road collapsed. He said: “I was looking forward to it. “The manager spoke to me and it looked all set, but there was a breakdown in communication.

“I think it would have been good for me to play league football and build a bit of a CV with league games under my belt. I could have got a bit of experience to 
come back to Leeds and push for a place in the first team.”