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Dyche: Tough Start Can Make Us Stronger

5 October 2018

Sean Dyche feels Burnley can be stronger for their tough start to the Premier League season.

The Clarets can put behind them a frustrating opening few weeks at home to Huddersfield Town today, with a third straight win that could fire them into the top half of the table.

And the gaffer believes that constantly fighting to over-achieve is a driving force for the club, and its supporters.

Dyche said: “After all the grandeur of last season and finishing seventh, the start to this season has reminded everyone that it’s still tough.

“We’re trying to continually punch above our weight and everything that comes with that, and we’re going to have to prove what we are again.

“I think that kind of mirrors Burnley as an area, where people here have to work and fight hard for what they believe in and their jobs.

“We don’t really want to go too far away from that, I don’t think.

“It would be nice to have a bit more comfort, but I think it keeps you sharp, keeps me on my toes and the players on that edge that we need to keep finding competitive performances.”

Dyche, who is fast approaching his sixth anniversary as Burnley boss, added: “Most of our fans really understand the club and that sounds really easy, but there’s a lot of fan-bases out there with confusion about what they think their club really is.

“We now have a really clear alignment, ever since those early days and we’ve been strong ever since.

“That must continue, because it’s a massive, massive weapon to have the fans behind us, staying strong and patient.”

Huddersfield arrive at Turf Moor still seeking their first win of the season, after confounding their critics by comfortably maintaining their top-flight status.

And Dyche has sympathy with Town’s position, having become acutely aware of the fresh demands placed upon you following perceived success.

“The second season can be tricky; that doesn’t mean it’s definitely going to be, but it’s still difficult because the feeling is different,” he said.

“We’ve had a version of that with the Europa League, and Huddersfield also have something similar.  

“They stayed up well in the end, despite a couple of wobbly patches, like virtually everyone, and made quite a few changes to their squad.

“They have re-moulded things and before you know it you are off and running again and looking for that first win.

“It’s a massive challenge and it often feels like every game is a must-win. The media want it like that, the fans want it like that and the inner camp want it, but you always have to earn the right and it’s not easy.

“We’ve killed all the stories about us off in one week, with a home win and an away win - and got some way to being back on track.

“Everyone knows that for a number of teams in the Premier League, and we are one of them, it’s a case of how open can you be to affect the opposition, but how closed can you be to not give the game away lightly?

“We are finding the balance again now and that’s a great credit to all the players.

“Now, we have to keep working on different ways of finding the right results. I still think there’s work to be done and the balance of the squad will improve as people get fit, but we’ve found a way to win again.”

There will be live audio commentary from Turf Moor on Saturday from 2.45pm, on Clarets Player. Day passes are available costing just £1.99.


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