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The Eyes Have It

Boss Sean Dyche still likes what he sees as Clarets look to end winless run

30 November 2018

Sean Dyche insists he can still see what he wants in his players’ eyes as the Clarets look to steer clear of Premier League trouble.

Dyche’s men are on a run of six games without a win ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, who are level on points with Burnley as both sides hover just above the bottom three.

But the Burnley boss believes his side is heading back to form following an indifferent start to the domestic campaign – which has brought just two wins for far – and is looking for results to follow.

“The key for me at the minute is to get back to a performance level that can win games,” said Dyche.

“We’ve had a spell where some of our performances weren’t good enough, but we are coming out of that.

“But there’s more to come, and by hook or crook we have to find a way of getting results.

“The level of commitment in the last couple of games has been good and you look into their eyes on the training pitch and they are ready to go.

“There is certainly no lack of will or desire, and although we know we can still add more, the players are going about it the right way to change the results.

“That’s the first marker you look for, so now it’s about adding it all together and getting a performance.”

Palace also have just two league wins to their credit this season and are yet to record a victory at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles have also managed only two goals at home – both coming from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the end of October.

And Dyche believes that record reflects the scale of the challenge in the top flight as Palace also battle for points under the experienced management duo of Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington, who rescued the Londoners from the drop last season.

“I have maximum respect for Roy and Ray. I played under Ray and think so much of him, so they certainly know what they are doing, for sure,” added Dyche, who was in Lewington’s team at Watford for a three-year spell up to 2005.

“They have a team of talent and a team that can win games, but that’s the measure of the Premier league.

“Palace haven’t found that win, and neither have we, but it’s tough. The one good thing to know is that good work on the training pitch and good belief systems enhance your chances.

“That’s what we look to do, and I am sure Roy and Ray have their version too. The challenge is there for all to see.”

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