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Dyche: We Don't Set A Points' Target

3 April 2017

Sean Dyche insists he has no points’ target in mind and is intent only on building on the solid platform the Clarets have put in place in a bid to move back up the Premier League.

Dyche’s side takes on Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday night looking for a first win in eight league games.

That run has seen the gap between Burnley and the bottom three places shrink to five points.

But, equally, the Clarets remain just two points adrift of a top-10 place after surprising many pundits with their efforts to stay in the top flight.

And Dyche says maintaining the club’s progress is his primary concern, rather than counting the points that may still be needed to secure safety now that the Clarets have hit their longest winless streak of the campaign.

“We never have done. We have been promoted twice and didn’t set a points’ target then either,” said the Burnley boss.

“You just have to get to the point where you get the job done, so that’s our focus and we can only get there one game at a time.

“We have given ourselves a real good foundation and now it’s about continuing the journey.

“It’s different for us. It’s nice in a way people are talking about that (the five-point gap) because no-one gave us a chance before a ball was kicked.

“Literally, no-one gave us a chance of doing what we’re doing. Now we don’t want to settle for that, of course.

“It’s been recognised that we have delivered a decent season up to now.

“I think we’ve got to build on that, not rely on that, just build on it and keep moving forwards.

“We’ve shown good signs of that since I have been at the club, so that’s important going into the last eight games.”

That run kicks off against a Stoke side looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats following losses to league leaders Chelsea and defending champions Leicester City either side of the international break.

Burnley, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to second-placed Tottenham, which ended their unbeaten six-match home run .

“For about 20 minutes Tottenham were really strong, with and without the ball,” added Dyche.

“For the rest of the game we delivered a fair performance against a top-class side. There’s a balance to it when you’re playing the real top end of the market.

“You’ve sometimes got to look slightly beyond the results, but appreciate we’ve got to move forward, get more results and get more points on the table.”

The Clarets will again be without winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, although the Iceland international is close to a return to full training.

Ninth-placed Stoke will be missing striker Peter Crouch and winger Xherdan Shaqiri through injury but defender Geoff Cameron may return.

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