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Gaffer: Good To Be Home!

31 March 2017

Sean Dyche insists that even title-chasing Tottenham’s away record shows how tough it is to pick up points on the road in the Premier League.

The Clarets return to Turf Moor tomorrow - for the first time since drawing with Chelsea seven weeks ago - after four successive away games left them still searching for that elusive first win.

Two points earned from that quartet of games has maintained a healthy eight-point gap from the bottom three, going into the final nine games of the season.

And as they prepare to host high-flying Spurs, who have won four times in 13 attempts away from White Hart Lane, Dyche admitted it will be good to be home.

He said: “It’s been five of the last six away from home, which is a tough task for anyone, so we are certainly looking forward to getting back to the Turf.

“It’s become an important place for us for many different reasons.

“You have to play everyone home and away at some stage and the cluster just fell because of the Liverpool switch earlier in the season.

“But we knew that run was coming and it’s been a tough little run.

“Now we are back at Turf Moor for five of our last nine and although that doesn’t guarantee anything, I think it’s fair to say statistically it gives us more chance of getting more points on the board.

“Even if you look at Spurs, their away record is nowhere near their home record. It just goes to show that it’s tough on the road in the Premier League.

“A lot is made of our record, but even with a fine side they have still not got the wins on the table away from home, so that gives us that little glimmer and we will take on the game as we always do.”

Dyche, who has no new injury problems ahead of the game, added: “The season is in our own hands and we have got ourselves into a healthy position and now it’s a case of continuing what we are doing and adding the detail.

“We know Spurs will be a tough game. I just think they are one of the top sides in the division and I really like the way they go about their business.

Ashley Barnes celebrates his strike at Spurs earlier this season

“They can mix the game up and play with pace and pass through the units very quickly.”

Midfielder Steven Defour, who returned to the squad last time out at Sunderland, but did not travel with Belgium for their recent internationals, again comes into contention.

However, Icelandic wide man Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who injured knee ligaments during the FA Cup defeat to Lincoln City last month, again misses out.

Dyche explained: “Steven is in much better shape and his fitness has improved again. We managed to get some football into him before the break and he’s done plenty of training since, so he is looking a lot sharper and fitter.

“Johann won’t make it, but he has had a bit of a breakthrough in the past week, so he is back on the grass and catching up with fitness work before hopefully, next week, starting to get some football back with the main group.

“It’s fair though to say he’s going to need a (training) game now, after being out for longer than we hoped. But he’s feeling generally a lot better now.”

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