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Dyche Wants Reward For "Amazing" Travelling Fans

7 April 2017

Sean Dyche wants to reward the “amazing” travelling fans with a first away win of the season at Middlesbrough.

The Clarets head north this weekend knowing victory would be another giant step towards ensuring Premier League football next season, in tandem with delivering a blow to Boro’s survival hopes.

And the gaffer believes Tuesday’s victory over Stoke City has given his players a freedom to go and express themselves at the Riverside.

The gaffer at full time, following the win over Stoke

Dyche said: “Our fans understand the complexities of the Premier League. You get some awkward runs come out of nothing.

“Tuesday was an important game and I think especially for the fans because there was a little bit of anxiousness in the air.

“I get that, but equally they got behind the team and that helped. It’s an important factor to keep that connection between the team and the fans and we’ll need that again tomorrow.

“They know they have a manager and a team who will give them everything and they have to remember that by keeping with us.”

Dyche added: “We want to take care of business ourselves and as a Burnley fan, I think you would be really, really happy with what you are seeing, particularly at home.

Andre Gray scores against Boro in the first meeting this season

“To get 10 wins at home in the Premier league is a very difficult task. Now, for our band of travelling fans, who have been amazing in standing by us, we want to give them some something as well.

“It’s tough, and it’s an anomaly that we want to address and the next one is Middlesbrough, so we look forward to the challenge.”

Boro sit seven points from safety and 12 behind the Clarets as they seek a lifeline under interim boss Steve Agnew.

And after tinkering with his formation in his opening two games, Dyche admits he is unsure how Boro will approach the game.

He said: “Steve (Agnew) has changed things a little bit and maybe they will throw the kitchen sink at us.

“Maybe they will remain cautious. It’s a tough one to call, but what we know we have to do is go there and deliver another performance.

“The (Stoke) win has given us a little bit more freedom to go into these last seven games.

“But let’s not forget that home or away, the fact is we have a record number of points from our three seasons in the Premier League, with seven games to go.

“That shows real growth and progression and that’s key. As a manager, I know we will be judged on our divisional status, but we are going forward year-on-year and I am very proud of that.

“Now let’s step on again and let’s make sure we secure what we all want.”

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