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Dyche: We're Not That Far Away

Boss sees signs that Clarets getting back towards their best

2 November 2018

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets aren’t far away from getting it right.

Burnley’s three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League was halted by big defeats to the big guns of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Dyche admits his side hasn’t yet consistently hit the heights of last season, when just two defeats in the opening 10 games set the tone for a historic campaign.

But the Burnley boss believes they are heading back in the right direction as he prepares his players to go to West Ham United on Saturday.

Dyche said: “We know there’s still more to come from us. We aren’t quite where we have been.

“But there have been signs of it and the signs have been strong in different periods, even against Chelsea.

“The scoreline’s a scoreline. That’s the outcome.

“But within that, there were some really good pockets of play when we were effective against one of the teams that up with the best in the division.

“So, what can we use from that and add on to keep reminding the players that you’re never as far as you think from being what you can be?

“And I don’t think we’re as far away as people may think sometimes.”

The Clarets would love to repeat last season's victory at the London Stadium, which kicked off a run of three successive away wins to propel them towards a place in Europe.

The 3-0 success at West Ham triggered angry scenes among some of the home supporters and a series of pitch invasions.

Supporters again came onto the pitch as West Ham went out of the League Cup to London rivals Tottenham in mid-week.

But manager Manuel Pellegrini is not expecting a repeat of the scenes that followed each of Burnley’s goals in March as they recorded their biggest away win in the Premier League since April, 2010 thanks to Ashley Barnes and a Chris Wood double.

The Hammers’ boss said: “I know what happened in this game last year at London Stadium with the West Ham fans, but I didn’t live that moment.

“I am absolutely sure that the atmosphere is different from that moment to the atmosphere in this moment.

“We feel, in every game, especially when we feel we are improving, the support of all the fans.

“I am telling you because I speak to the players, they feel in every game that we absolutely have 100 per cent support of the fans behind us.”

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