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Clarets Fit And Firing

Squad strength and belief paying off for Dyche

7 April 2018

Sean Dyche has hailed the return of squad strength as key to the Clarets’ Premier League resurgence as he heads back to former club Watford today.

The Burnley boss saw his injury list head into double figures as the Clarets battled through an 11-game winless run either side of the turn of the year.

There is still not a complete clean bill of health with Johann Berg Gudmundsson a doubt for the trip to Vicarage Road and Scott Arfield also missing alongside long-term absentees Steven Defour and Robbie Brady.

But the Clarets have had key men back - top scorer Chris Wood a case in point, with the New Zealand international bagging four goals in three games since his return to help Burnley enjoy a 100 per cent record in March and get himself of the shortlist for Premier League player of the month.

“Our fans are pleased we’ve come out of a tough spell,” said Dyche.

“They know I’m honest with them and I did say the team would get back to full strength, because we had some injuries and we had some tough decisions to take, which I thought they saw.

The Clarets are chasing a third successive top-flight away win for the first time since 1973

“I think there was a balanced view of that run and then of course we came out of it.

“We got the players back fit and got the demand back up in the squad and turned out three very good and very important victories and it looks different again.

“It’s one loss in seven so the story changes quickly. But it is just a story. There are facts behind it and a bigger picture and I believe in the squad and what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been playing.

“And that belief has shown in three big wins.”

The Clarets have won back-to-back away games in taking 10 points from four games to reach a Premier League high, and will be looking to make it a hat-trick against a Watford side which is unbeaten at home in 2018 under Javier Gracia.

That has helped them into a mid-table position, nine points behind Burnley.

Dyche’s side is going into their final seven games still seventh in the table – which could be enough to earn a Europa League slot next season.

And the boss is keen to keep the run going

“I think we’ve delivered enough to be where we are. Generally speaking, I think the players and the club have earned the right to be where we are,” Dyche added.

“Now it’s ‘where can we finish?’ and we’re open-minded about that.

“The next challenge comes quickly and where we can take that is yet to be seen

“But there’s a lot of good work done so far and we want that to continue this season.”

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