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Dyche Backing For Brady

14 December 2018

Sean Dyche insists he sees signs of Robbie Brady regaining his spark at a crucial juncture of the season.

Clarets wide man Brady has started just four games since spending nigh on a year out with a serious knee injury.

But after coming through another tough 90 minutes in the Turf Moro victory over Brighton and Hove Albion last week, the Irish international caught the eye of his manager

Dyche said: “The hardest thing for players is that when they have been out that long, it’s not about being back to your best in three of four games.

“It can take six, seven eight or nine, by the time you get that ground-in Premier League fitness.

“There has to be a period for adjustment and Robbie is showing good signs now of getting back there.”

The Clarets head to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham, buoyed by the precious three points over the Seagulls which lifted them up to 17th in the Premier League table, following a run of eight games without a win.

And the gaffer hinted that after making changes against Brighton, following the defeat away at Crystal Palace, he may again shuffle his pack.

Dyche, who is likely to be without influential duo Steven Defour (thigh) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring), said: “Palace was way off where we are, and we had to grind one out against Brighton, which showed some of the details on which we are good at in terms of grittiness, determination and some good pockets of play.

“It doesn’t answer every question, either from inside the camp from my point of view, or from outside the camp, but it is a fresh start.

“So there have been good reminders, but we know we face a tough game at Tottenham, and we will possibly change the side again because we have done some work this week, so we’ll see.

“But I want us to take the basics into this performance and yet still have the freedom to open up and show what we can do.”

Spurs, who are enjoying their best ever start to a Premier League season, drew in Barcelona this week, to ensure qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Dyche, whose side took a point from Wembley last season, added: “I know Mauricio (Pochettino) works them very hard and he has a very clear view of what he wants.

“Ironically, the twist in their tale is there was a lot of noise about them not bringing anyone in over the summer, but you can certainly see there is still a more than good, capable side.

“They are wiser, but they are human beings and sometimes there is a drop-off in the second game in a week.

“But we can’t rely on that, so we have to go down there and do the basics well.”

There is live commentary of Saturday’s game at Wembley on Clarets Player from 2.45pm, with Phil Bird and Alastair Campbell. Day passes to listen in are available, costing just £1.99. CLICK HERE for more details.

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