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Dyche Looks For Festive Cheers

9 December 2016

Sean Dyche believes the Turf Moor crowd can be instrumental in making December a huge month for the club.

The Clarets face Bournemouth tomorrow in the first of three festive home games before the year is out.

And the gaffer is looking for the volume levels to make life tough for visiting teams, starting with the return to Turf Moor of former manager Eddie Howe.

Eddie Howe on his previous return to Turf Moor

Dyche said: “We have played some really strong sides away from home and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and there has to be a balance.

“But we’re back at home this weekend and I think the reality is the players are human and familiarity can be easier to deal with and handle, in terms of changing room, pitch, etc.

“It’s the same with our fans. They make it a tough place for opposition to come to and are very vocal behind their team and this has now become a hard place for teams to visit.

“They have been terrific and if there is ever a feeling they should question something, they don’t; they get behind the team and that’s a really powerful thing.

“Even if we get a few knocks and even if things go against us, or the opposition look stronger, they don’t go against the team – and rightly so.

“With all that the team has done for them with some big performances, we’ve had some great times and it’s been a great balance. It doesn’t guarantee you a win, but it gives you a better chance when the whole of Burnley is behind you, that’s for sure.”

Dyche, whose side have been reliant on home form this season to pick up points, added: “There’s no extra pressure though.

Ashley Barnes scores the winner against Crystal Palace

“It’s a challenge in the Premier league, home or away. There’s pressure on points and getting enough of them because at the end of the day nobody will care a jot how we get the points on the board to get the outcome we want.

“It’s just getting them on the board and we need to get as many as we can.

“Everyone has to adapt to the challenge and the key for Eddie, myself and any team in the Premier league is being open minded about what you can do to affect and win games.

Eddie has done that very well. Things didn’t work out as well here and sometimes the way it goes.

“It’s not that he did a bad job by any means, but it just didn’t work as smoothly as it has at Bournemouth.

“It may have, over time, but he made the decision to go back there and that’s proven to be the correct one, over time.

“He obviously knew the power of the backing there and that’s been quite obvious on their journey.

“They have some really good players there and have added layers of new signings. I don’t think anyone would have envisaged Bournemouth buying £15m players, but that’s how far they have come and it’s similar, but different to ourselves.

“We have taken things on in a different way, so it’s one of those rare situations where it’s worked out well for all concerned.

“Eddie has gone and done a good job there and I am deemed to have done a good job here, so everyone wins!”

The Clarets could welcome back skipper Tom Heaton for the Cherries visit. The England goalkeeper has missed two games with a calf injury, but trained on Thursday as he steps up his comeback.

Dyche confirmed: “Tom has been with the physios and trained on Thursday so we’ll see how he reacts to that.

“He has to be right, so we’ll make a decision on Friday and he’s od enough and wise enough to know himself.”

Johann Berg Gudmundsson again misses out with a hamstring injury.

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