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The Clarets: Fabulous At 40

Boss delighted to hit landmark points tally with nine games to go

5 March 2018

Sean Dyche praised his players for reaching a fabulous 40 as the Clarets continue to re-write their Premier League history.

The Clarets made it to the landmark figure with last Saturday’s thrilling 2-1 win over Everton.

Only three times since the Premier League became a 20-team division in 1995/96 has a team gone down with 40 points - West Ham being the last unlucky loser when they went down with 42 points in 2003.

And thanks to second-half goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, the come-from-behind win over Everton means Dyche’s men have already matched the 40 points they managed to finish 16th last season – the highest total by a Burnley side in the Premier League era.

“To get to 40 points with virtually a quarter of the season left to go is very pleasing for this group and they have deserved every part of it as well,” said the Burnley boss.

“I think it’s a strong mental marker. People have obsessed over it over the years in the Premier League and I understand why now.

“It sounds crazy, but if it starts with a ‘four’ on the Premier League table, especially this early, then you think you’ve done a good job.

“It took us the whole season to get that last year.

“We’ve got nine games to go, so I think that’s a real marker of how far we’ve come in a relatively short space of time in what we’re looking to achieve in constantly try to move the club and the team forward season-on-season.”

The Clarets’ victory over Everton – a first in 12 league games – firmed up their position in seventh in the table.

The Toffees are now six points back as they slipped to 11th, with Leicester three points behind Burnley in eighth spot.

And with the top-flight football all but assured for a third successive season at Turf Moor, Dyche is keen for his team to make the most of the opportunity they have created for themselves.

“We’ve got more to do,” he added. “We wanted to correct the run and we have done that now, so that monkey goes off our back.

“Now, hopefully, that bit of freedom we played with in the second half (against Everton) comes back in and we want to take on the challenges that are right in front of us.

“We want to go again, of course, and we want to go beyond 40, but it’s a fine marker for a club like us at this stage of the season.”

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