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Dyche Points To The Bigger Picture

16 December 2016

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets’ away record should be judged at the end of the season, when the points are totted up.

Burnley head to Spurs on Sunday looking to improve on the solitary point won away from Turf Moor this season, in October’s goalless draw at Manchester United.

But the gaffer, whose side fell to their latest away defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night, feels improved performances on their last two travels, including Stoke, are a sign of changing fortunes.

He said: “We’ll approach the Spurs game in the same way and that’s to give a performance.

“We did that in the second half at West Ham but not the first half and that’s something we’ve got to change.

“It has been a tough balance to find, but it’s our job to find that balance and look to take our good performances away.

“It is tough away from home in the Premier League though. People will forget we won early on in the last Premier League season at Stoke, where we hung on with our fingers, then we didn’t win again until later on in the season.

“But it’s the season that counts and if we got three wins away from home this season we’d still be in great shape, so we have to be realistic about the challenge, but look at what we are doing in order to take that challenge on.

Burnley players celebrate at Stoke in 2014.

“It’s tough though, especially when you go to clubs like Tottenham, where Mauricio and his players have done a brilliant job.

“They are a force to be reckoned with this season, without a shadow of a doubt, I think.”

Dyche, who will make a late check on the fitness of Icelandic wide man Johann Berg Gudmundsson, ahead of Sunday’s trip to White Hart Lane, added: “We’ve got to take care of business ourselves and take responsibility for our performances and that’s what we’ll do.

“It’s a tough one for us because in the grand scheme of things most people would be pleasantly surprised by where we are in the league at the moment.

“I think we have exceeded everyone else’s expectations, but not so much our fans and certainly not myself, those of my staff and my team.

“I think from the outside looking in it’s well documented that nobody fancied us to have a chance of being in this division, then to continue there.

“Overall, I think we are giving a good account of ourselves, and the stats suggest the away results will come towards you, but we have to make them come towards us because it’s improbable that you won’t win away.

“You usually find a way of winning at some point, but we have to make sure, rather than just waiting for that to occur.”


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