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Dyche: Our Belief Is Still Strong

1 May 2015

Sean Dyche says belief in how his side are operating remains strong ahead of this weekend’s trip to West Ham United.

The Clarets head into the clash five points adrift of safety with four games to play after defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

But Dyche feels that there is a future in the performances that he is seeing, and says if the Clarets can re-discover their cutting edge in front of goal, the results that are necessary to ensure survival in the final four games will come.

He said: “I think the reality is that a tough task has just got tougher. We’ve been under no illusions all season.

“We’ve been honest with what we are and what we want to achieve but I think we’ve looked beyond the outside noise of what we’re trying to do.

“I don’t think that has changed. We all know that three points in this division can radically change the look, the perception and the feel of the league, particularly at the top and bottom end.

“We look to gain those three points this weekend and see how that shakes the pack up.

“With four games to go, there is no point in worrying about it, you just have to go out and affect it.

“Our main thing is to affect the next game and I think we’ve been very close lately.

“It was a very good performance against Leicester for many different reasons. I looked at the stats on Monday and they don’t win you a game but they give you a measure of how your team is performing.

“The stats were very, very strong but we know what it has been and that’s taking our chances.

“You’ve got to take them at this level. Goals win games, it’s the oldest one in the book and that’s the thing that has been missing.

“I think the shape has been good, the energy is often spoken about and the belief has been outstanding for a team that has taken constant messages of doom from the outside.

“We’ve got four games to put that clinical side of the game right and they’re big games coming up.”

If Burnley register a victory at the Boleyn Ground, as they did on their last visit in 2011, and results go their way then the gap to safety would narrow significantly.

And while the Premier League offers no guarantees, the boss insists that the squad’s ‘relaxed focus’ and belief may stand them in good stead.

Dyche added: “There are no guarantees to any game but we’ve believed all season in what we do, and we still believe in what we do.

“We have to make the players aware of the opposition so they have an understanding of what they’re up against.

“But it comes down to us delivering performances no matter who we’re up against at whatever stage of the season and that’s our focus.

“We’ve got to perform and we’ve certainly got to get something from the game and we’re angling on a win for obvious reasons at this stage.

 “I’ve made it clear all season that it’s not a great shock for us to be written off. We believed we could be higher up than we are of course.

“But what I’m suggesting is it’s not come out the blue that we are where we are. This can be the reality of a season with a club like ours.

“I don’t think the players are feeling it the same as those as other clubs and I think there is more of a relaxed focus to the group.”

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