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Dyche: Swans Will Face Different Burnley Test

4 March 2017

Sean Dyche believes Swansea City will see a different Burnley side when the two clubs meet again in South Wales on Saturday.

The Swans left Turf Moor with maximum points on the opening day of the season thanks to a 1-0 win.

That makes them only one of three sides to have won at Burnley in the Premier League this term.

But Dyche feels his side has made significant progress since that defeat as they look to reverse the balance and gain a first away win of the campaign.

“I think we’ve learned and I think we’re improving. By no means do we think we’re the real deal,” said the Burnley boss.

“We’ve had some good results. We know there are a couple have got away from us but I definitely think we’ve improved since the first game of the season.

“We’ve learned a bit more about the division, a bit more about ourselves and the connections within the team, because we’ve had some new players, and there have been good signs from us.”

Swansea have changed manager twice since beating the Clarets back in August and have shown signs of a revival since former Derby boss Paul Clement took charge at the turn of the year.

The Swans have won four and lost four of their eight games under Clement to climb out of the relegation places.

Clement’s side has won its last two league games at the Liberty Stadium but are still seven points worse off than the 11th-placed Clarets.

And after hitting back to draw 1-1 at Hull City last Saturday – ending a run of seven successive away defeats – Dyche is confident the Clarets are continuing to head in the right direction.

He added: “It reinforces good work. We have been encouraged. It’s just getting that performance to come together and take a win.

“Generally, there’s been no lack of encouragement from ourselves from within from our performances away.

“I was quite happy with our performance (at Hull). We wanted to go and affect the game and we wanted to be positive.

“We had one golden chance and two or three other very good chances and they are having a good little run at the moment.

“It was an important game for many reasons but the main thing was to get another performance, because as long as we can keep getting performances right, it gives you a whole better chance of getting what you want.”

Swansea will be without former Clarets' loanee Nathan Dyer, with the winger ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

Fellow wideman Jefferson Montero is also not ready to return as he and midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung work back towards full match fitness following injury absences.

January signings Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh are both pushing for first starts in attacking berths.

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