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'Family' Values Paying Off

Sean Dyche believes Clarets' strengths are back on show

17 January 2019

Sean Dyche believes the Clarets’ core values have come back to the fore to help kick-start the campaign.

Burnley reached the half-way point of the season in relegation trouble with just three Premier League wins to their name.

They have since doubled that tally with a hat-trick of victories – as well progression in the FA Cup – to climb to 15th-place in the table.

And while there is still a long way to go to guarantee safety, Dyche says getting back to what they do best has been key to heading back in the right direction.

The Burnley boss, who takes his side back to former club Watford on Saturday, said: “The under-lying values – the honesty, the integrity, the passion, the pride, the will, the demand, the work ethic – all those things are still in place.

“And I’ve said for a long, long time here, they’re the base to go to if things are not working as well as you hoped.

“I think we came away from that early season – that base to work from. Only a bit, but a bit is enough sometimes.

“I think we’ve got back to that, so in a tight game or one that isn’t going as fluidly as we hoped from our point of view, we’ve got that resilience, that energy and that will and demand, and all the qualities we’ve shown many, many times, to give us a platform to get points, win a game or whatever we need to do.

“I think we have shown a strong view of coming back to that in the last four performances.”

The Clarets still have injury concerns for the trip to Vicarage Road with winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson facing a late fitness check.

Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton are nursing knocks but Dyche hopes one or both to be fit, while Robbie Brady sits out the last game of his three-match ban and Nick Pope is not expected to be involved.

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