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Hart unhappy about losing his place - Dyche

4th January 2019, 10:39 by Nick Harris

Sean Dyche has admitted Joe Hart was not happy about being dropped from the Burnley first team side for Tom Heaton.

The former England number one had been in fine form for the Clarets but lost his place to a fit-again Heaton, who has impressed in Burnley's two wins on the bounce, and now Dyche has three top-flight keepers, as Nick Pope is almost back to full fitness, pushing for one starting role.

The Clarets boss has recently restored Heaton in goal, a man who lost his place at both club and international level to Pope after a shoulder injury sidelined him last season.

Pope's own misfortune prompted Dyche to swoop for Hart in the summer and now the coach has an embarrassment of riches between the posts.

Dyche told the Burnley Express: "He’s a top class pro and has a lot of respect for Tom and vice versa, with all the keepers, but they’ve known each other a long time.

"Not happy, of course, but not happy as an individual, he absolutely wants the team to do well, he’s bought into what we do.

"He didn’t come in under any illusions, and I told him it would be a tough season. I commend him for that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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