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Dyche Backs Players and Fans To Deliver

25 April 2017

Sean Dyche admits there could still be nerves to overcome as the Clarets bid to secure their Premier League status.

But the Burnley boss is backing his players and the fans to deliver what it takes to get their team over the line.

A tough run of games – which has seen Dyche’s men play six of their last nine fixtures away from home and face four members of the top six in their last seven matches – has reduced Burnley’s advantage over the bottom three to five points.

But that still leaves them in a healthy position with just four games to go and Dyche believes the experience his squad has gained from two successful promotion campaigns in the past three years will stand them in good stead.

He said: “There will definitely be nerves. It’s impossible to think there won’t be.

“But we have been down two Championship campaigns and won them, when there were nerves every game.

“It’s about the work that you put in and knowing that will pay you back, so long as you deliver.

“That’s the key and the focus for the players, to keep delivering, because then we will take care of business.

“You’ll still need a scratch of luck to go your way or a decision to go your way, but still it’s back to us delivering performances.”

The Clarets lost at home for the fifth time this season when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Turf Moor on Sunday as the 20-time champions extended their unbeaten league run to 23 games.

That was a second home defeat in three games, but between losses to United and second-placed Tottenham, Burnley picked up a priceless victory over Stoke City.

And Dyche believe the fans appreciate the scale of the challenge is side is taking on and will help them get the results they need over the final four games – away to Crystal Palace and Bournemouth and at home to West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

He added: “I think the fans have been terrific this season and they know the realities of the Premier League.

“But they have also seen us get some big results here. We’ve had 10 Premier League wins here and we are in good shape.

“The fans here will back us all the way and they have a team who will give everything, they know that.

“The reality is the story has changed as the season has gone on and that is credit to the players and credit to the club.

“You have to remember that at the start of the season nobody gave us a chance; pundits, columnists, no-one. Yet here we are with four to go and five points clear of the bottom three.

“That doesn’t guarantee anything, but it does mean we have been delivering performances to get the points on the board.

“We have to keep doing that and we have to be backed by the people of Burnley to help us do it.”

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