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Dyche: Belief Is Growing

4 February 2019

Sean Dyche hopes to have his walking wounded back for good to help boost Burnley in final third of the Premier League season.

The Clarets boss has identified the two-week break following this weekend’s game at Brighton as a chance to bolster his squad for the run-in.

Burnley have no game on FA Cup fifth round day, following their defeat to Manchester City in round four.

The squad is coming back together and we just want that to continue now,” said the Burnley manager, who now has only Steven Defour sidelined in the short-term after being able to call on wide men Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady last weekend.

“If we can get through the Brighton game intact, at least we have that little break which hopefully allows more players to chance to get more training and more strength under their belt.

“Sometimes, when you come back, you need the strength training and conditioning, but you also need that little bit of luck to stay injury free for a period until your body balances again.

“We have had players just get there, then break down and that’s been frustrating, but I think they are on their way back now.”

Burnley head to the Amex Stadium this weekend looking to extend a six-game unbeaten run, following the point-saving penalty form Ashley Barnes in the dying seconds of Saturday’s home clash with Southampton.

And Dyche, who also welcomed Stephen Ward back to the bench last weekend, feels his players are growing in belief as they look to remain unbeaten this calendar year.

“It all has to come together at some point and I’m very pleased that the signs are strong at the moment,” he said.

“Six games unbeaten in the Premier League is not easy and the mentality of those performances has been key.

“It shows there is a strength to us, which we’ve always had, but now it’s coming back and you can sense it.

“People are going the extra inches that count and sometimes it’s hard to define what makes that work, or not work.

“I’m pleased to say though that at the moment the players are showing strong signs of that mentality.

“We’ve had our challenges, but we have earned the right to get those results, but we know we have to go again and the mentality is getting stronger to do that.

“Every game that comes our way, we are looking clear-minded again.”

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