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Ward Stays Calm Over Away Record

14 December 2016

Stephen Ward insists Burnley are not getting hung up on their winless away record as they prepare for a first visit to the London Stadium.

The Clarets have taken only one point away from Turf Moor this season – earned from a 0-0 draw at Manchester United at the end of October.

But Sean Dyche’s men go south to take on West Ham tonight in the first leg of a London double-header well placed in mid-table thanks to five home wins.

And while Ward is looking for an improvement on the road, the Clarets’ defender is keeping things in perspective.

“We’re not too pleased with it at the minute. It’s something we are looking to rectify,” he said.

“We don’t want to get too bogged down on it. It is what it is. We’ve not performed as well as we should have, or how we have been doing at home.

“We know we have the capability of taking points on the road. It’s just about maybe getting that bit of luck and not giving ourselves such mountains to climb.”

While the Clarets have been tough to beat at home, they haven’t been able to grind out results on their travels, which continue with a trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

Stephen Ward has started all bar one of the Clarets' Premier League games this season

They have conceded first-half goals in four of their six games away from home and Ward is looking to get over that handicap against a West Ham side struggling to adapt to life in their new stadium, with just two home league wins to their credit since they vacated the Boleyn Ground in the summer.

“We are always confident when we go away from home but the one thing we haven’t done in a lot of the games is given ourselves a chance,” added the Republic of Ireland international, whose first goal of the season helped bank a further three points from a 3-2 win over Bournemouth last Saturday.

“We have given ourselves mountains to climb, which is always difficult in any league, but especially the Premier League.

“First and foremost in the next couple of games away from Turf Moor we need to go and hopefully impose our own game on the opposition, starting from a base and hopefully go from there.

“West Ham have had a tough time but they have a great squad and have just had a very good result up at Liverpool.

“I think it sets it up for a really interesting game and one hopefully we can go down and take something from.

“It will be a tough game but with the result coming at the weekend as it did, we will go there with confidence.”

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