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Dyche Eyes 'Strong Position'

Clarets look to keep run going by completing the 'double' over battling Bluebirds

11 April 2019

Sean Dyche is looking to put the Clarets in a ‘strong position’ by making it a hat-trick of wins against Cardiff City on Saturday.

Victory over the Bluebirds at a sold-out Turf Moor would take Burnley 11 points clear of Neil Warnock’s side and the Premier League relegation zone with four games to go.

Dyche doesn’t claim that would make survival a done deal, but with 39 points on the board the Clarets would take some catching.

“You can’t guarantee it. Like anyone, you want to work on facts, not maybes,” said the Burnley boss.

“I would suggest it would put us in a very strong position, stronger than we are in today.

The Clarets won 2-1 at Cardiff in September

“But we certainly won’t take anything for granted until we’ve looked after ourselves.”

A couple of weeks ago, Saturday’s fixture had the look of a potentially pivotal game in the battle to beat the drop with Cardiff currently occupying the final relegation berth.

But the Clarets have given themselves invaluable breathing space by beating Wolves and Bournemouth in back-to-back games to move up to 14th place in the table.

And Dyche is determined to keep the climb going after seeing his side glean more points than any other outside the top six in the second half of the season.

“It’s still a very important game, like they all are,” he added.

“We are on a very good run again. It’s been a very good turnover of points – 24 after Christmas is a really high tally.

“We have to continue doing that and we have to keep performing because more points are needed and that’s our intention.

“The last two performances have been very strong, against two good sides, for different reasons.

“Wolves are having a great season and won off the back of us against Manchester United.

“And Bournemouth, I think we’re the only side outside the top six to win there this season.

“They have been very important performances and valid wins and we have to do it again.

“Another one comes around on Saturday and, regardless of everyone’s noise around it, it’s another game, another chance to perform and another chance of three points.”

The Clarets will again be without Peter Crouch as the striker continues to recover from appendix surgery.

And defender Phil Bardsley remains a doubt after suffering a gashed leg ahead of last Saturday’s win at Bournemouth, where Matt Lowton came in to make his 100th league start for Burnley.

Aaron Lennon is stepping up his fitness as he eyes possible involvement before the end of the campaign.

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