Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has admitted ‘no one knew’ the sacking of Sean Dyche was coming following his side’s 1-1 draw against West Ham.
Burnley arrived at the London Stadium with caretaker manager Mike Jackson prepared to take charge. Following a run of just one win from seven fixtures, it was a surprise to see Burnley take the lead in the first half through Wout Weghorst. The Hammers pressed hard for an equaliser, and were eventually rewarded after 74 minutes through Tomas Soucek.
Despite West Ham having 21 shots (eight on target) compared to nine Burnley shots (one on target), the spoils were shared as Burnley moved to within four points of Everton in 17th.
But the focus post-match quickly turned to the surprise dismissal of Dyche on Friday. Pope admitted that the decision came as a shock to everyone.
He told BBC Sport: “Normally you see rumours about these sorts of things. No one knew it was going on.”
Pope played a key role in gaining a vital point away from home, with one save in particular standing out.
The England international showcased excellent reflexes to keep out Issa Diop’s header which looked destined for the bottom right corner.
And Pope admitted after the game that his team should be happy to come away with a point from such a tough fixture.
He said: “It is a good point. It’s never an easy place to come. The place was bouncing after their result in midweek. They are a top team so to come here and get a point, we have to be happy.
“It is not always going to go your way. It is one of those things, we have to keep ourselves level headed.
Nick Pope reacts to Ashley Westwood horror injury
The result was unfortunately overshadowed by a horrific injury sustained by Burnley striker Ashley Westwood.
The 32-year-old collided with West Ham’s Nikola Vlasic, the aftermath leaving Vlasic in tears on the pitch.
There was a nine-minute delay as Westwood was stretchered off, with Aaron Cresswell, who was closest to the incident, looking distraught.
And Pope admitted that the squad have no news yet on how serious the injury is.
“Ashley [Westwood] has been brilliant for us so he has all of our best wishes. The lads are willing to fight for the shirt and everyone loves playing for this football club.”
“Myself and all the boys wish him the best. I obviously have no news on it as the game has only just finished.
“Westy is a big part of how we play and a big character.”