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Dyche Challenges Players to Keep Moving Forward

22 September 2017

Sean Dyche has insisted that the key to succeeding for the second season in the Premier League is to find a balance between confidence and natural nervous tension.

The Clarets host newly-promoted Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on Saturday looking to build on a solid start to the season, in a fixture that could see either side go third with a win.

And Dyche feels that having eight points on the board in the opening five games has given his players more belief that they can build upon.

The Burnley boss said: “We’ve had a really solid start. There’s been some tough fixtures but that’s to be expected in the Premier League.

“Just getting the early points on the board allows you to relax a little more and focus on the football.

“The players start to believe more and the fans start to believe more but there’s no guarantees.

“Early points give you more freedom, as you’re more confident in the results you can produce.

“You simply want points whenever they come. We are full of belief this season due to our great start, and that’s something I’m looking to build upon.

“We’ve not had the easiest run of fixtures but the mentality with the players is good. They are in control and understand exactly what we need to do to maintain that mentality.

“I keep asking the boys to keep pushing themselves, to keep trying to move forward.”

Dyche added: “We are able to control our emotions in a way which can help the club move forward game on game 

“We are looking to keep that level of excitement in our second season. We know we have to be on top of our game, but we also know how to use that Premier League buzz to our advantage.”

The two town-based clubs haven’t met in a top-flight game since 1971 prior to Saturdays Premier League fixture.             

The Terriers, coached by David Wagner, are currently enjoying life in the top division for the first time in over 40 years and currently occupy sixth place in the table.

And Dyche was full of praise for the job the German has done in transforming the Yorkshire side.

He said: “They’ve had a really good, well-deserved start to life in the Premier League. But there’s some huge challenges coming their way, they need to maintain their open-minded attitude.

“Huddersfield are showing that they are willing to take on any challenge that comes their way, and as a club we’ve been eager to keep that mind-set here”.

Dyche has confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns following the Tuesday night fixture against Leeds. Jon Walters is expected to miss out again with a knee injury, while former Huddersfield man Wells is still on the road to recovery following ankle surgery.

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