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Dyche: It's Only A So-Far Story

30 December 2014

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets can look forward to 2015 with confidence after ending the year on a high with a valuable point at Manchester City.

Burnley extended their improving run of form to just three defeats in nine games after coming from two goals down to stun the Premier League champions on Sunday.

However, Dyche insists there is plenty of work to do as they prepare to visit Newcastle’s St James’ Park for the first time in over three decades on New Year’s Day.

The Burnley boss said: “There is a learning curve and I have been very pleased with the players and how they have adapted to it.

“Of course, we are in a results’ industry, but you have to see beyond that and to be honest, some of the performances early in the season were decent.

“They weren’t brilliant, but they were decent at this level and I said all along there were signs of our progression.

“Then we started winning games and getting points, the feeling changed and people started looking at us and saw we are moving forward.

“But it is a ‘so-far’ story and I remind the players of that. It’s important that we keep the humility and belief in what we do on occasions like City because there’s another game coming along quickly and we need more points and more wins on the board.”

Striker Sam Vokes missed the draw at Manchester City, just two days after making his first appearance in nine months on Boxing Day, following a lengthy spell out injured.

Dyche explained it was his decision to allow Vokes some “down time” after making an emotional return – and hinted the Welsh international will come back into his thoughts for the Clarets first trip to the Magpies since 1983.

He said: “Sam had a big adrenaline hit when he came back.

“He’s been out for nine months and to have that rush, from a fantastic reception from the crowd, is a massive thing and all part of adapting back to full fitness.

“I’m an ex-player and you can’t understand it unless you have been through it.

“I can assure you, after that you feel a bit flat it, so I explained that to him and leaving him out at City was my decision.

“Two games in three days, in his case, was too early and I just told him to have a few down days and he will come back in serious thinking as we move forward.”

Dyche also confirmed that Michael Duff and Matt Taylor have resumed training following recent injuries, although neither is back in contention in the short term.

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