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Let's Keep Turf Ticking - Dyche

22 December 2016

Sean Dyche is determined to keep standards at Turf Moor sky-high as the Clarets build-up for a crucial festive double-header.

Only two sides - Tottenham and Premier League leaders Chelsea - have won more home games than Burnley this season.

And with closely-matched rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland due in town within the space of six days next week, Dyche is looking to enhance that record further to keep some breathing space above the bottom three.

The Burnley boss said: "We have made what we do at Turf Moor very hard for teams to come, which is an important factor.

"We know we have to safeguard that and the only way you can do that is by continuing to perform.

"That will be the key. The team must continue to perform at home and, of course, mature and grow away from home to get more points on the table."

The Clarets have won five times at home in the Premier League this season

Dyche's immediate focus is on the Boxing Day visit of Middlesbrough, with games against Sunderland and Manchester City to follow over the New Year weekend.

But with the start of January and the opening of the transfer window not far away, moves are already afoot to try and strengthen the Clarets' squad.

A deal to re-sign Joey Barton is already in place, subject to international clearance, while the Clarets have also agreed a permanent switch to Birmingham City for striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Burnley will receive a fee for Jutkiewicz, who has enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Blues since moving to St Andrew's in August, but Dyche stressed that the Clarets' planned business is not dependent on any in-coming revenue.

He added: "We are looking at the market for key positions. We are financially sound, although we still have to run it properly.

"Any money coming in for players won't be a necessary thought for the next one.

"It's more about who we can get at the right time, who's available and who we can actually get in the building."

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