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Dyche Looks For Seaside Special

5 April 2019

Sean Dyche insists he has the blinkers on when it comes to a potential points’ target to achieve safety.

The Clarets head to Bournemouth on Saturday buoyed by last weekend’s win over Wolves, which has put them level with both Brighton and Southampton and five points clear of 18th placed Cardiff City.

Victory at The Vitality Stadium would even put Burnley within two points of the Cherries.

But Dyche is adamant that performances will ultimately lead to the points his side need to ensure a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

“It’s good when the league balances up because then everyone knows where they really are,” said Dyche.

“It’s getting close to that now, with just Southampton and Brighton still a game behind, but we can only concern ourselves with what we do. We have a really clear focus on that.

“There are no ‘gimmes’ for any of the teams around us and it’s not just about Cardiff. Everyone is going to have to earn the right.

“But while everyone else does the permutations, we just continue to worry about us.

“We are top six in terms of points taken from the last 13 games, better than Spurs and Wolves, and the challenge is to not just sit there and say ‘great’, but to keep building and improving.

“There has been a definite shift in our performances and play, and we have to continue that.”

Dyche, who will again be without Peter Crouch, who missed the win over Wolves following an appendix operation, added: “There’s nothing to stop you gaining back-to-back wins other than the opposition, and mentally you prepare, then go and deliver a performance.

“The players are not naïve. They know they have to continue with good form to get what we want.”

Bournemouth, meanwhile, have won just one of their last eight league games, as they inch towards a fifth successive Premier League season

And Dyche does see similarities between the clubs, who are both building to try and establish themselves as top flight clubs.

He added: “I have the utmost respect for Eddie (Howe), who has done an amazing job and continues to do so.

“The two clubs are similar in a sense, but also different. They do have financial clout from someone who backs them, and they try to use that wisely to invest for the future and stretching the parameters where they can.

“But equally you have to be ‘successful’ and there is no doubt they have been, for a club trying to build their way into the Premier League, similar to ourselves.

“I believe they are also trying to put money into the structure now, as we have, in terms of a training ground, so there is a lot of respect and credit for Eddie and what he’s done there.

“I text him now and again for some of the achievements they’ve had, and there’s no doubt the long-term benefit of doing that with your infrastructure is key.

“That’s the great driver because, speaking for us, for years to come this club will take great value in having these improved facilities. It can only impress on the players positively.”

Clarets Player will have live commentary from Bournemouth tomorrow from 2.45pm. Day passes are available, costing just £1.99.

 


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