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Dyche Praises Clarets' "Steel"

10 April 2017

Sean Dyche has praised the steel in his Burnley side following two clean sheets in the space of four days.

The Clarets moved eight points clear of 18th placed Swansea with six games remaining after their 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough.

Dyche is keen to ensure that the players remain grounded though, and is adamant that the job is not done yet.

“We’ve been a bit stronger this year because of the base that we put in two years ago to the club,” he said.

“You can never guarantee it until it’s done. I think our focus is on every game as it comes, we’ve maintained that with the players, it was a big week this week with three games and to pull four points out of that is pleasing.

“There’s still more work to be done because you want to take care of your own business, and we’ve given ourselves a good base position to do that.

“The focus now is on taking each game as it comes, staying on the front foot, and trying to take on every team that we play against.”

Record-signing Robbie Brady was singled out for some praise from the manager following his performance at the Riverside on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international returned to the starting XI having been on the bench for the victory against the Potters.

After taking some time to settle in at Turf Moor, Dyche believes he is starting to integrate into the way he wants the Clarets to play.

“I thought that was the most he’s looked like how we work,” he stated.

“I’ve mentioned it many times, it takes time for some players.

“I thought he got the script with the shape, and he had some quality moments. We still know he’s got even more to offer.”

Dyche was particularly pleased with the side’s return to form over the last week, after a run of seven games without a win, where some teams may have struggled to get out of the rut.

However, he had specific praise for the defensive unit, who managed to keep Middlesbrough at bay as they threw caution to the wind in search of a badly-needed victory.

“I really like the shape and the industry, I like the demand from the back five,” he added.

“They’ve got good players in front of them who will work hard for the team, and that’s been productive in that sense.

“You’ve got to try and score of course, but in the Premier League it’s difficult defending, so I’ve been pleased with that.

“It bodes well, but you can’t take it for granted. I think the team is in a good place but we’ve got to take on the next challenge, and go and take care of ourselves this season.”

Many pundits had written Burnley off before the season had even started, but they’ve continued to defy the odds all campaign.

Dyche says that the key to their consistency has been their ability to be flexible with their tactics, but admits he isn’t interested in what people say about his side.

“I’m not bothered about it. We know what we’re doing, we know what we’re looking to achieve,” he insisted.

“It’s kind of that judgement call between sticking to what you believe in, and just flexing it to what you think can be effective at a higher level, and that’s what we’ve done.

“We haven’t gone too far away from what we think is a good way of the team playing, and we’ve just flexed it when we needed to.

“So far, it’s been productive for us because no-one fancied us at all.”

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