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Dyche Looks For More New Year Cheer

30 December 2016

Sean Dyche hopes to see out the old and ring in the new year with a continuation of Burnley’s champagne home form.

The Clarets end a prosperous 2016 by looking for a seventh home win of the Premier League campaign against 18th placed Sunderland.

And as the half-way point of the season approaches, the gaffer believes the club is in good shape to take on the challenge of maintaining a Premier League spot.

“It’s been another strong and productive year for everyone connected with Burnley Football Club, and an enjoyable one too,” reflected Dyche.

“The stats are against you coming down (from the Premier League) and doing it again, but I’ve been so, so pleased with how my staff and the players have gone about that and how the fans have gone on with their backing and support.

“It’s made for a healthy mix and that continues. Now we have to work hard to make sure it does and the main focus is to work on what we need to do against Sunderland.

“Burnley fans will have heard me say this so many times, but we tend to not get carried away to early.

“The fans here have become reality-bound and they know it’s a tough ask, whoever we play against.

“They know there are no givens. But we have got ourselves into a healthy position in a tough division and earned the right to enjoy what we’ve done, particularly at home.

“We are on the cusp of the half way point and in good shape, so now it’s about continuing to build from where we are now.”

Burnley have lost at Turf Moor just three times in 2016, following the stunning 23-match undefeated run to the Championship title and including memorable top-flight victories over Liverpool, Watford, Everton, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.

And Dyche feels his side have had to fight tooth and nail to earn a reward from each and every one of those wins.

He added: “You need to win the games when they are awkward and we did that, in particular, here last time out against Middlesbrough; a team who were resolute in their organisation.

“Sunderland is a different proposition again. They will have their own fair share of demands and their fans will be questioning them, but football is a tough business.

“They have spent a few quid on certain players, but they still have some good players, I must make that clear.

“They have managed to turn a few more results in over the past eight or nine games, and they have a very good manager.

“David (Moyes) has had some question marks, but I personally think he’s a fantastic manager and he’s earned the right to be considered that.

“It’s not easy to put things into place where he’s been in the past and now he’s trying to do it again at a different club.

“There are a lot of challenges, but we’ve all got them in different ways.

“We just know we have to earn the right in every game.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League and this is certainly not one, so we won’t take anything for granted and we have to make sure we are focused on delivering a performance.”

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