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15 January 2016

Sean Dyche believes Andre Gray will relish returning to former club Brentford on Friday.

The Clarets record signing is set to lead the line against the Bees, who he left for Turf Moor in August after just a season at Griffin Park.

And Dyche feels the 16-goal striker is embracing his new challenge to keep Burnley among the Championship pace-setters.

The gaffer said: “Brentford was an important part of his past, but he knows where his present and future is and that’s here and he’s enjoying it.

“I think he has been accepted here with open arms, which is important. I don’t just mean in the camp, but also the people of Burnley, who have taken to him.

“It helps, of course, for a striker when you are scoring goals. That’s a given, but I think he has genuinely been accepted and embraced that.

“He’s going along well and enjoying his football and scoring goals, so hopefully he knows we have a positive environment herein which he can better himself and, in turn, enhance our chances of being successful as a group.”

The Clarets go in search of a third straight win on the road in London, following their FA Cup third round win at Middlesbrough last weekend and the 5-0 midweek romp at MK Dons.

And after notching up two 4-0 home wins in recent weeks, Dyche has been delighted with his players’ positive response to a six-game winless run in late November and early December.

Dyche, who insisted Dean Marney was “touch-and-go” for Friday night, said: “It’s been a really good week, but I think we were building before that.

“We’ve been on a nice little run with three really important wins a draw and four clean sheets with plenty of goals scored.

“So if you add into that a nice FA Cup win and an interesting one at Arsenal, we’re in good spirits and looking to keep building on that.

“I’ve said it before, but the margins are tight and even in that patch when we weren’t having that bumpy run we were playing ok, but things were going against us.

“That has levelled out and now we are back to giving good performances and being clinical again and, all of a sudden, the goals are flying.

“I think we are joint second highest scorers in the division now, so I think it’s clear that we’ve come through that spell.”

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