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Clarets Looking More Assured - Dyche

30 January 2017

Sean Dyche believes his side is developing as a Premier League outfit as they prepare to take on the reigning champions at Turf Moor.

Burnley go into Tuesday night’s visit of Leicester City in 13th place in the top tier.

The Clarets lost 3-0 at Leicester in mid-September as they kicked off the campaign with a run of just one win in five games.

But Dyche believes they are an improved side since, and go into the return against Claudio Ranieri’s title winners on the back of six successive home wins in all competitions and five points ahead of the Foxes.

“I think there is more of an assured look about the side, certainly currently,” said the Burnley boss.

“Yet again, I think there is a nice humble edge to us and we know we still have to work for everything.

Burnley's loss at Leicester was their third defeat in the opening five games

“But there is more of an assured look about the players, as if it’s ‘okay, we understand the Premier League’ – probably better this time than two years go.

“It doesn’t guarantee you anything but I think it gives you a better feel to your group and how they operate.”

Burnley couldn’t beat the drop two seasons ago but have already doubled the tally of home wins they achieved in 2014/15 and have scored six more goals at Turf Moor than they managed in the whole of their last top-flight campaign.

“They have a bit more freedom in how they play and I have recognised that. I think that’s important,” added Dyche.

“Even from the beginning of the season there was still a little edge to the team where they are looking and wondering ‘are we right in here, can we win games in the Premier League?’

“I think that’s grown over time but that also comes with getting results. When you get results it increases the belief in the group.”

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