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Dyche: Home Form Is Our Backbone

25 September 2015

Sean Dyche has urged Burnley to continue their blistering home form with a fourth straight win against Reading tomorrow.

The Clarets remain unbeaten at Turf Moor and have won their last three Championship games there, defeating Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and, latterly, MK Dons.

Dyche admits that results on home soil form the “backbone” of success – and insists there is still room for improvement.

The gaffer said: “If you look at most teams, across all four divisions, home form is the backbone of the season.

“We are going along nicely at home and long may that continue on Saturday.

“Reading started the season a little bit quietly, then made some big signings. They have put a lot of money, certainly, into (Matej) Vydra and they have some good, quality players.

“You always have to be aware of the opposition, but we have to trust in what you do as a group and I think we do.

“There were a couple of question marks really early in the season, as people do nowadays, but that’s the way it goes.

“We felt we were onto something with this group though.

“They are becoming a group who can become competitive and there have already been good signs of that with the run we’ve been on.

“We need to keep the ball better and secure it better and sometimes that’s hard, but obviously now we are looking to build in another performance that can win.”

The Clarets will make a late decision on the fitness of striker Andre Gray, who limped out of the goalless draw at Derby with a tweaked hamstring.

Rouwen Hennings stands-by to continue the partner Sam Vokes in attack, although there are other personnel options open to Dyche, with Joey Barton closing in on full fitness and striker Chris Long impressive in the midweek friendly win over Hartlepool.

Dyche added: “An opening can come in many different ways. Whatever happens and however you get the chance, it’s always your chance to enjoy it and grip the shirt and become a part of it.”

There is live commentary of tomorrow’s game on Clarets Player from 2.45pm, with Phil Bird and a member of the Clarets' first team squad.

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