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Dyche Proud of Maturing Players

Boss pleased with solid start and players' development

29 August 2017

Sean Dyche has praised his players’ growing maturity as he reflects on a ‘solid’ start to the season.

The Clarets have gone into the international break with four points from their opening three games – all taken from the two sides that finished first and second in the Premier League.

And, according to Dyche, the ability to earn points at Chelsea and then Tottenham – where Chris Wood’s late goal secured a 1-1 draw on Sunday – shows the progress his squad is making.

The Burnley boss said: “I think we’ve had a solid start to the season and it’s clear the players continue to mature.

“They get more and more used to going to these type of grounds and that’s a big part of it.

“The emotional intelligence of players is a big thing now, to come to places like this and hold their nerve and play with freedom.

“That’s improved year-on-year with the groups I’ve had and I want it to continue.

“I see us changing and the way the players are taking on some of these challenges. It’s first-class and I’m really pleased to see that as a manager. 

“My job, of course, is to get results, but it’s great to see them moving on in their careers.”

The Clarets were back in training on Tuesday, although Dyche will be working with reduced numbers for the next week or so following a raft of international call-ups for a busy schedule of World Cup qualifiers.

There are currently nine senior players away with their countries, including Jon Walters.

Walters missed the Clarets’ 1-1 draw at Wembley, which lifted them to 10th-place in the embryonic Premier League table, with an ankle injury.

But the striker is with the Republic of Ireland squad as they prepare for Saturday’s game in Georgia.

"If he (Walters) doesn't train but declares himself fit I will be happy. He has done so in the past and done well,” said Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

Chris Wood flew out of London on Sunday night to join the New Zealand squad 

Clarets’ midfielder Jeff Hendrick will not be part of the Ireland squad that goes to Tibilisi but, according to O’Neill, has not yet been ruled out of the game against Serbia when the joint group leaders meet in Dublin on 5 September.

Meanwhile, Wood was guaranteed a warm welcome when the stand-in captain reported for duty with the New Zealand squad in Auckland on Tuesday.

Wood’s Wembley goal on his Clarets’ Premier League debut was watched over breakfast in training camp by his international colleagues, who are preparing for a double-header against the Solomon Islands as they try to secure a place at Russia 2018.

“It’s great to see what Woodsy’s achieving,” long-serving defender Andrew Durante told New Zealand Football’s official website.

 “It’s great for the country, it’s great for all young footballers to want to try and achieve what he’s doing and hopefully he continues to score and has a good long career. He’s still young and in the Premier League, so it’s awesome to see.

“In camp we rely on him a lot. Every camp, every window, he’s our main player, he’s the stand-in captain when Winston (Reid) is not around and he’s a great player to have and we need him scoring goals.

“So hopefully he brings his form with him and bangs in a few Friday night.”

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