Sean Dyche says pride in his players was never in question as Burnley returned to winning ways with triumphs over Wolves and Bournemouth.
The Clarets have lost only four of 13 league games in 2019, a run including six wins that have put us within touching distance of Premier League safety.
And Dyche says that while the current run ‘enhances’ his pride in the squad, he has never stopped believing in their ability.
He said: “Around Christmas time I was asked about pride, but I’ve been proud of these players ever since I’ve been here.
“This place, from where it was to where it is now, some of these players have been a part of everything we’ve done, while some have joined along the way.
“Never question the pride I have in these players, never question what we’re doing and trying to achieve here. I said that at Christmas, when it wasn’t going well and I was questioned.
“I’ve got fantastic pride in these players. Obviously, that is enhanced when we’re winning games, like everybody would expect.”
Following qualification for the Europa League with a seventh-place finish last season, Dyche’s side found themselves in a struggling for consistency in the first half of the current campaign.
However, boss Dyche says he is pleased with the mentality the Clarets have shown to pick up 24 points since Boxing Day, and stressed he was never under any illusions as to how difficult this season was going to be.
He said: “There was this weird feeling that it would be an easy season for Burnley in the Premier League, and there was probably only me and my staff who thought this would be a really tough season.
“The Europa League, the market trying to get players in, adjusting players to new challenges, and I’ve been really pleased with the mentality of the players throughout.
“We’ve still got work to do but you see a group of players that are very motivated, and not just to get results. That [Burnley’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth] was a very thorough performance against a very good side. I like Eddie’s teams; I like what they do.
“I think they’ve only been beaten at home four times this season, so we knew it would be a tough game, but I thought we saw it through very well.”