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Dyche Wants 'Record' Win To Reflect Improvement

4 April 2017

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets are continuing to make big strides forward as they close in on a record haul of Premier League points.

But the Burnley boss admits what matters most at the moment is the next win as he looks to break new ground by beating Stoke City tonight.

Dyche’s side is just one point away from the 33 points they accrued in 2014/15 – the best tally yet by a Burnley team in the Premier League.

The Clarets still have eight games to go to set a new mark but after going seven league games without a win, Dyche is looking no further than the visit of Stoke to Turf Moor.

He said: “There are definite improvements, the team, myself, my understanding of the division, the staff, without a shadow of a doubt.

“The club has moved on radically off the pitch.

“But you are only judged on the next win really. It’s the madness of this job.

The Clarets are looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City in December

“For all the good stuff that’s been done here and all the good work that continues to be been done here, you’re only really judged on the next performance, the next win, the next points that come on the table, so we focus on that.”

The Clarets’ points tally has slowed, with just three points taken from the last seven games to see them slip from mid-table to 15th-place.

But Dyche is level-headed enough to know such a run was always a possibility.

And he is not likely to shift far from the blueprint that has brought his sides so much success in recent seasons as Burnley look to get back to winning ways following last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to high-flying Tottenham Hotspur - first home league defeat since November.

The Clarets’ chief continued: “It’s fair to say it’s improbable – not impossible – that when you’re a newcomer to the division that you have a season without a run that is sticky, so I don’t think we are over-thinking it.

“But, of course, we are well aware that we have to correct it and get points on the table.

“Our challenge is not to go too far away from what’s been successful for us but add in the detail and I think the detail at the minute is all that’s missing.

“Even against Tottenham, who I think are a really fine side, I think there was some good tactical organisation and some good physical work done by the players.

“The moments of real clarity were what was missing on the day, in both boxes.

“But you are playing a top side, so you learn from that and look to move forward.”

Lee Grant will be back at Turf Moor to face his former club

Dyche added: “We’re still in really good shape. It is an awkward run at the minute but it’s very difficult in the Premier League.

“Early season we had a run where we had three points out of six games and it happens.

“We have five away games out of seven and the two home games have been the top two in the division – Chelsea and Tottenham.

“There is a reality within it. We still felt we could have got a couple more points on the board.

“We are in good shape generally and we have to make sure we remember than and continue to build on performances.”

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