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Dyche Backs Battle-Hardened Clarets

15 March 2019

Sean Dyche feels Burnley are battle-hardened to take their three-game winless run in their stride and bounce back to winning ways.

The Clarets host Leicester City on Saturday, looking to put behind them defeats to Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Three of the next four Premier League games are at Turf Moor, where home form has been key this season.
And following an 11-game winless sequence last season, en-route to an historic seventh place finish, Dyche is confident his players are able to put disapppointment behind them and can go into the international break on a high.
“It’s a very difficult league to put consistency together – and even last season, when we finished seventh, we had some tough spells but we came through them and delivered. We’ve done that recently and we have to again,” said Dyche.
“You can never guarantee anything but when you do come into a break, it’s nice to finish on a win and that’s what we’ll be searching to do.
“We’ve had a tough three games on the back of an excellent run and it’s about reminding ourselves of all the good work we’ve done and delivering again.”
Wins for most of Burnley’s rivals last weekend concertinaed the foot of the Premier League, with just six points separating Newcastle in 13th and 18th placed Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation spot.
“It’s a big fight scene at the bottom and varying results go different ways and all of a sudden it’s tight down there,” said Dyche, who reported no fresh injury concerns for the visit of the Foxes.
“The main thing I reference. however, is that five games into this season we had one point and after 19 we had 12.
“People were scratching their heads, but now we have 30 and that’s a big shift in the right direction, so we know we can do it and we know we can look after ourselves.
“We’ve put in performances to win and we’ve got to continue doing that, starting against Leicester.
“The main thing we’ve always tried to focus on, even in testing times, is ourselves. I’ve just referenced the stats, so there have been good signs. 
“We’ve just had a bit of a blip, but that can happen to anyone in the Premier League.”

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