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Dyche Praise For Midfield "Unsung Heroes"

25 February 2019

Sean Dyche has hailed “unsung heroes” Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood as key players in the Clarets’ revival.
The midfield duo have been virtual ever-presents, quietly going about their business while others have caught the headlines; most notably strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood with their flourishing partnership of 11 goals during the current eight-game unbeaten run.
But Dyche insists the squad are fully appreciative of their efforts in the engine room, helping to keep things purring away and help ease the Clarets away from danger.
The Clarets boss said: “I think Corky and Westy have been unsung heroes in the midfield. 
“Even in the early part of the season, it was difficult when everything was going against us. 
“It can feel like a thankless task at times, but they are getting their rewards lately and the players around them, by the way, will definitely be full of respect because they have been excellent.
“There’s been a shift, physically, but also in their ability. They are two good footballers, not only with the ball, but they read the game ever so well and their honesty to deliver, in or out of possession, is terrific.
“The most obvious one is the challenge they face because often they are two v three in there.
"The forwards do their shift by dropping in to help, but I think the two of them have been really, really strong.”
Burnley put their unbeaten run this calender year on the line on Tuesday night at Newcastle United, who themselves are looking for a fourth straight home league win.
And Dyche, who reported no fresh injuries following the weekend win over Spurs at Turf Moor, insisted: “You can never measure yourself against the top six because they are that good, but now and again the good side of the Premier League, and football, is that clubs like ourselves can get a win. 
“One of my big beliefs is that if you get your performances levels right, more often than not it pays you back. 
“We have put in the hard yards and we are now enjoying a good run of consistent performances. 
“That’s pleasing for the fans, but particularly for the players because statistically wins like that don’t come along all the time.
“We had a tough first half of the season, with a lot of ups and downs; everyone knows that.
“But I did say at the end of that run that performances were getting stronger, both individually and collectively. 
“The players have turned that into winning performances and they deserve a lot of credit. 
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but they continue to enjoy that work and their performances are showing that.
“We know the last one doesn’t owe us anything though and we have to go and earn anything we get from the next one. That’s always the biggest game.”

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