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Dyche At The Wheel As Clarets Look To Steer To Safety

12 April 2019

Manager Sean Dyche has put Burnley's stunning post-Boxing Day form down to a collective attitude to ‘grab hold of the wheel’.

The Clarets have amassed 24 points from the last 14 games, putting them sixth in the Premier League form table during that period. 
 
Dyche's men can take another step towards Premier League safety with a win over the Bluebirds on Saturday.
 
And he insists his players deserve credit for turning around their season.
 
 
“We’ve still got work to do, but to balance that we’ve got 24 points from 14 games which in the Premier league is a very strong performance,” said the Burnley boss.
 
“The one good side of that is that we’ve had to earn it; no-one’s given us it.
 
“You don’t just rely on that, we have to continue to perform and continue to get those points, so I think that’s a good clarity on all levels for all the players and the staff.
 
“Early Christmas it wasn’t that they weren’t focused, there was just a lot going on. There was a bit of confusion with different games and challenges, travelling and all the rest of it. 
 
“Since the Everton game, there has been a lot of clarity with the simple stuff done well.”
 
 
The Clarets have the opportunity to win three consecutive league games for the second time this season - and have tasted just four losses since that defeat to the Toffees.
 
And Dyche’s men are looking to finish the campaign strongly, after turning struggling form into the recent eight-game sequence that registered as the club’s longest unbeaten run in the Premier League.
 
He explained: “At the half-way stage, we had a meeting where we said ‘what’s done is done, that’s parked and we need to move forward. We need to all take responsibility, get back to basics and deliver to a high quality’.
 
“Collectively there’s been a strong attitude to grab hold of the wheel and turn it round to point us in a different direction. 
 
 
“That’s been the clear mindedness and the bloody mindedness of me and the group to say: no excuses, what’s done is done, that’s parked!”
 
Victory on Saturday would take the Clarets 11 points clear of Cardiff in the last available relegation place and could also see them rise above Bournemouth into 13th place.
 
And Dyche believes that with a bit more luck his side’s performances could have earned them even more points in the last few months.
 
“Can you imagine how many people have sent me messages about the league table, or how many people have told the players they got a good result at the weekend, but they still need more?,” he laughed.
 
“That’s a part of life now, especially with social media streams because you get bombarded with that information. I’m pleased to say the players just stay focused on the job. 
 
“There was only one performance in the four games that we didn’t win that I wasn’t happy with, so a scratch of luck here or there would have put us in a different position.
 
“Finding the balance is hard, and there are no mugs in the Premier League. Nobody is only here as cannon-fodder, it just doesn’t work that way.
 
 
“Getting a win against Cardiff would mean touching distance of safety and continuing our good return. 
 
“It shows a lot of hard work, but we’ve got to perform for that to happen.”
 

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