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Dyche: We Like The Games Thick And Fast

Boss ready for away-day double header

29 November 2017

Sean Dyche is relishing the test posed by two tough Premier league games on the road in four days.

Burnley are on the south coast to face Bournemouth tonight (Wednesday), followed by Saturday’s testing trip to Leicester City.

But Dyche feels his players are steeled for the challenges as they look to continue their impressive away form this season.

“Home and away the Premier League is tough. We try and treat them all as clear minded as we can, whether it’s the top teams or the bottom,” said the Burnley boss.

“But we’ve done these quick games many times in my time here and we like taking on the challenges that come thick and fast.

“It suits us. We believe in the way we work and the way the players look after themselves and we’ll be ready.”

The Clarets look to put the disappointment of their last-gasp defeat to Arsenal behind them at The Vitality Stadium, where Bournemouth have won twice this season.

The Cherries are, however, in fine form presently having lost just once in their last five league outings.

And Dyche admitted he was full of admiration for opposing manager Eddie Howe, who celebrates his 40th birthday with a reunion against the Clarets.

“They are a very good side and Eddie has done an outstanding job there and continues to do so,” insisted the Burnley boss.

“They had an unusually tough start, especially losing a few at home, but they are a good side and always attempting to move things forward, as we are here.

“It’s not easy to do that, but I have great respect for Eddie and his staff and players.

“It’s not a given being in the Premier League. You have to continue to fight for all you get and they continue to do so, as we do.

“They stay as a unit when things get tough, and we’re a bit like that and they are getting wiser every season.”

Burnley themselves are in fine form heading to the south coast, having their run of three successive wins ended by the controversial result against Arsenal on Sunday.

“Players are realistic and we are measured on a table, but that doesn’t measure performances and this season, we have been generally pretty good,” admitted Dyche.

“This season we have shown regularly that there is more depth to our performances that shows the future and says we are getting better.

“Of course, you still have to get points on the board and we’ve done that very well so far, and we have to continue to do that.”

Bournemouth could have striker Jermain Defoe back from injury for the first time in almost a month, but ex-Claret Junior Stanislas is expected to miss out.

Clarets Player HD will have full, uninterrupted commentary from Bournemouth on Wednesday evening, from 7.30pm. Clarets Player subscribers can also listen in via the new official club App, which is available as a free download.

 


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