Sean Dyche has called for Burnley to get 2019 off to the perfect start by building on their year-ending win over West Ham.
The Clarets face a crucial trip to bottom side Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening (7.45pm KO), with 19th place Fulham their next Premier League opponents at Turf Moor in mid-January.
And after a convincing victory over the Hammers injected new life into their survival battle, Dyche accepts the importance of the upcoming games.
“One result doesn’t make a season. It’s to be enjoyed for sure, but the key now is to back it up,” said the gaffer.
“We’re at the halfway stage of the season and the performance against West Ham was full of endeavor and fight and we had the underbelly of a team that can be really effective. Now it’s about taking it on.
“Every period is important, whoever you are playing. You can nick points against the big teams, but the win against West Ham gives us another base to start from and we have to find consistency now within our performances.
“Very rarely are we out of a game, but we have been out of too many, too early, this season.
“Generally, we are always in with a shout and the consistency of showing that is key. They have been showing a lot of that in training, and I trust them to go and play.”
Dyche added: “Huddersfield are fighting for their lives, but so are we and we are showing signs recently that that is more to come I think we go there in good spirits after a good win.
“We know they have had a tough time, but they still have good players and I can assure you we will not be taking them for granted.
“We will be going there with the right mentality.”
Dyche revealed that winger Robbie Brady has a chance of returning to the squad to face the Terriers, following a setback caused by a slight tear in his hip abductor. However, Belgian midfielder Steven Defour again misses out with a calf injury.
Matt Lowton is also available after serving a one-match ban in the West Ham game.
Clarets Player will have live commentary from Huddersfield Town v Burnley, from 7.30pm.