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Dyche: Award is Fitting Reward For Players and Fans

Performance of the Week award reflects collective effort

17 August 2017

Sean Dyche will receive the LG Performance of the Week award on behalf of the Clarets’ players and supporters after master-minding Burnley’s opening-day win over the Premier League champions.

Dyche will be presented with the League Managers’ Association prize on Friday but is happy to share the joy brought about by his side’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Burnley boss said: “They're important accolades along the journey. It's the first game of the season so there are a lot of challenges coming our way.

“But on behalf of the players I'm thankful for that. I think the lads deserved it over the whole game. It was a very strong performance in the first half and then they saw the game through in the second half.

“And it’s not easy to go to those places and take a victory so, despite went on with key decisions, it was still a very good performance.

“It’s early days yet. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but it’s a great thing to start the season with and not only for ourselves, it’s a big pay-back for the fans.

“Last year they were unbelievable, going everywhere round the country and had to wait so long for that win everyone wanted. To get one so early is good for them as well.”

The Clarets now turn their attention to Saturday’s visit of West Bromwich Albion, who also opened up with a win by over-coming Bournemouth 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Sam Vokes scored twice against West Brom at Turf Moor last season

Burnley are yet to beat the Baggies in a Premier League fixture but got the result they needed to secure their top-flight status when drawing 2-2 at home to Tony Pulis’ side in May.

And with Turf Moor proving such a productive source of points last season (33 in all), the Clarets will again be looking to hit the ground running.

“That's the key - trying to replicate it,” added Dyche. “It's not easy. The Premier League is a very tough league, as we know.

“We enjoyed our home form last season. I think our fans did, and we want to take on the challenge again because statistically it's difficult away from home.

“We've got that big three (points) on the board already, but it is statistically difficult.

“Our home form we think, as most people do, may play a strong part, like it did last season. We’ve got to make sure we're ready to perform.”

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