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Dyche: We Won't Relax

Burnley boss determined to regain momentum and keep aiming high

30 January 2018

Sean Dyche insists there will be no let-up in the pursuit of Premier League points as the Clarets bid to get back to winning ways at Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

Dyche’s men have gone eight games without a win in all competitions – including an FA Cup exit at all-conquering Manchester City.

Despite that run, the Clarets remain in eighth place in the Premier League and, with 34 points on the board, are nearer fifth spot in the table than the bottom three.

But Dyche is adamant that’s no reason to relax as he looks to finish the season strongly and keep building for the future.

“It’s not my way of thinking,” said the Burnley boss. “We were speaking about it with the players the other day, that internal individual goal-setting, the team goal-setting, where can we take the season?

“We’ve had a few changes lately, on and off the pitch, with injuries and results and playing against some of the best sides in the country.

“But over the season there has been good work done, so we’ve got to keep building on that.

“It’s not about just now. We are constantly adding to the culture, constantly adding to the environment and constantly adding to the team moving forward, not just for now but on-going.

“There’s the rest of this season, moving into next season. It’s a constant thing here, so there’s definitely no sitting back from me and definitely not from the players.”

Dyche admits a lengthening injury list has taken its toll, with up to eight senior players potentially unavailable to face a Newcastle side whose concerns are with the relegation battle.

Rafael Benitez’s side has failed to win any of their last seven home league games in a run stretching back to the start of October and could slip into the bottom three on Wednesday night.

Jeff Hendrick scored the winner against Newcastle earlier in the season

The Clarets have been beaten away from home just three times this season, with their last three points all being earned in a run of draws away from Turf Moor either side of Christmas.

And Dyche is looking for that run to resume on Tyneside on only Burnley's second visit to Tyneside since November, 1982 in search of a double on the back of last October's 1-0 home success.

Dyche – who oversaw a dramatic 3-3 draw at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day, 2015 ­– added: “We’ve just played Manchester United and I thought we were excellent, with arguably one of our best performances of the season.

“We didn’t get the result, but it was a fine performance against a top side.

“There’s certainly life in the team and a will and desire to go and continue to improve and continue to get points on the table.

“It’s our job and their job as a collective to stay stimulated, to keep getting wins and searching for as many points as we can this season.”

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