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Dyche: The Time Is Right

24 February 2017

Sean Dyche feels the time is right for the Clarets to end their away-day drought.

Dyche’s men kick off a run of four successive Premier League away games at Hull City on Saturday.

They follow that with trips to Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland ahead of the next international break.

And with all those clubs - bar Liverpool - scrapping to avoid the drop, Dyche believes that factor could weigh in the Clarets’ favour as they look to secure a first away win of the season.

“I think it’s brilliant for us. The timing’s magnificent,” said the Burnley boss, whose side has taken 13 points from their last eight league games to sit 10 points above the bottom three in 12th-place in the table.

“Expectancy grows on the team you’re playing now. It’s a completely different thing now, going away.

“The run of away games, if you’re ever going to have them, have them now. The demand is on everyone else, it’s not on us.

“I think the onus is on the teams we’re going to. Don’t forget, at their end they’ll all be thinking ‘we’ve got to beat these, because they haven’t been winning on the road’.

“Their fans will all be thinking ‘we’ve got to beat these, because they haven’t been winning on the road’. The manager will be thinking the same.

“What we know, internally, is we think we have been giving good performances.

“We think we’ve been giving enough to have got something already.

“We haven’t always got that and, as long as we take care of performances and that real drive to go and grip a game, and not just wait for it to happen, then I think we can turn things around away from home, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Hull have enjoyed something of a revival since former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos boss Marco Silva replaced ex-Clarets’ midfielder Mike Phelan as manager at the start of January.

The Tigers, whose handful of new faces signed during the transfer widow included former Burnley target Kamil Grosicki, have won four and drawn one of their last nine games in all competitions to move up to 18th place in the Premier League.

But Dyche believes Saturday’s visit of Burnley – who have won on five of their last six visits to the KCOM Stadium - will be more of an acid test of the Tigers’ credentials as they try and get out of the bottom three.

He added: “It’s a slightly different game for them this time. If you think who they’ve played, they’ve been really free ones.

“They have been where they haven’t been expecting anything, Liverpool at home, Arsenal away etc.

“Whereas against us, I think their whole fanbase, the whole staff, the players, will all be expected to win, because of our stats away.

“It’s about us focusing on what we do, because every ground we go to they (the opposition) will be under a lot of pressure, in the sense of playing a team that hasn’t won away. Therefore, with that comes higher expectation.

“We’ve never had it so free to go and play away, in the sense that no-one expects you to get a result and yet, weirdly, statistically there’s an even bigger chance of you getting a result.

“Of course, our job is to go and get them. You don’t just wait for statistics to come and help you out.”

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