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Dyche: We Will Respond

1 March 2019

Sean Dyche feels his side are getting stronger as the season enters the home straight.

The Clarets’ recent eight-game unbeaten run signals an upturn in fortunes after a difficult opening half of the campaign.

And with the stats backing up the results, the Burnley boss feels his squad is in good shape for the challenges ahead, starting with Saturday’s Turf Moor clash against Crystal Palace.

He said: “I still think there is more to come and to go eight unbeaten and create a new club record is a great achievement.

“One loss in nine has a good ring to it, but it’s parked now following Newcastle on Tuesday and we’ll respond.

“We know the players will respond again, particularly now their confidence is very strong and the group is getting healthier all the time.

“I believe in the group and we have to make sure it’s just a bump and we get on with it.

“But we are relentless all the time in our training and I believe in what my staff and players do. We have statistically been strong in the second half of seasons, in terms of how the team operates physically and fitness wise.

“Early in this season we weren’t as physically strong in terms of distance covered.

“Since Christmas we are first or second in the Premier League and that shows another good sign that after Christmas, we are very strong in our physical output - and we need that to continue because it’s an important factor.

“We’ve had our fair share of injuries and we are getting people back now, and people are getting fitter, so hopefully we can keep that going.”

Dyche pits his wits against Roy Hodgson, who last week became the oldest person to manage in the Premier League.

And the Burnley boss admitted he has full respect for the 71-year-old former England manager, and all he has achieved in the game.

“I have a huge respect for Roy, not just for his footballing standing, but he’s a proper gentleman in my experience, and someone who treats you with respect, no matter what your age or standing in the game. I have a lot of time for that,” said Dyche.

“Everyone is questioned these days, but sometimes they forget people like Roy, particularly when he came out of the England situation when it was quite damning and harsh.

“But behind that is a person with a real wealth of experience over a number of years and you can’t help but respect that.

“I think Roy deserves all the respect he now gets. He’s the oldest manager in the Premier League and his years of service to the game in different countries, cultures and environments should be recognised; as should the fact he is still going and still has the fight to continue.

“That fire inside is a key thing.”

We have live, full-match Commentary of Burnley v Crystal Palace on Clarets Player tomorrow, from 2.45pm. Day passes are available, costing just £1.99.

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