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Dyche Enjoying the Goal Rush

24 December 2016

Sean Dyche wants his players to deliver another Christmas gift of goals as the Clarets bid for a festive feast at Turf Moor.

Burnley have provided a rich mix of entertainment and results on their home ground this season with five wins and 14 goals in the Premier League so far.

And Dyche wants that to continue against Middlesbrough at a sold-out Turf Moor on Monday. 

The Burnley boss said: “At home we have scored really well. We have scored as many goals at home – currently – as we did in the full Premier League season the last time.

“I’m delighted with that, not just because of the players, I’m delighted for the fans as well because they have backed us, certainly in my time here and they continue to do so.

“I have always said that is the important factor and it still is.

“We have been scoring goals and creating good chances. We want that to continue at home, of course.

“We have to work for that to continue and we have to safeguard it with good performances and the backing of the fans.”

Middlesbrough’s away record of just one defeat this season – at Everton in mid-September - suggests the 14th-placed Teessiders will provide stiff opposition.

With just one point and two places between the teams, who were promoted together last season when the Clarets went up from the Championship as title winners, there is plenty at stake.

The Clarets then face Sunderland, who currently occupy the final relegation slot, at Turf Moor next Saturday in another potentially pivotal fixture.

But Dyche insists the points’ total at the end of the season and not the status of individual opponents is what counts.

He added: “The journey can’t be defined by who you are playing. It’s the end of the journey, when the results kick in and what you’ve had during the journey.

“We tend not to get too deep in our thinking about who we are playing against. It’s more important how the team performs and if we do that well enough, often enough you will get the points.

“The Premier League is probably different from the Championship, for the obvious reason in the Championship we were up there challenging and getting the job done, as we have done two out of the last three 
years, and then this season is obviously a different goal.

“But it’s still looking at the end and how you get there, so it’s helpful to win any game and take points from any game, that’s the key to it.”

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