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Give Us A Break!

Boss hopes two-week breather will freshen up outlook for final push

18 March 2019

Sean Dyche plans to use the international break to re-group and go again in the pursuit of Premier League safety.

The Clarets went into the two-week hiatus from league action on the back of four successive league defeats following last Saturday’s last-gasp loss to Leicester City.

But Dyche’s side remains two points clear of the relegation places – albeit having played a game more than 18th-placed Cardiff City.

And the Burnley boss is keeping a clear focus on the job in hand as he prepares his players for the seven-game run-in, which starts against FA Cup semi-finalists Wolves at Turf Moor on Saturday-week.

“It’s time to reflect and make sense of it,” said Dyche, whose side had gone eight games unbeaten to climb clear of the bottom three ahead of their current barren run.

“There’s got to be work and there has to be a rest for the players as well.

“The thought on that is to make sure they clear their minds and get ready to go again, because that’s the nature of the Premier League, and get ready for the next challenges that are to come.

“There’s a lot of football to be played and we have to get back to the feel of what we do. We’re not a million miles away.

“We’re in a shape we possibly couldn’t have been in at Christmas, so that’s the bigger picture.

“But we’ve got more work to do. That’s nailing it down. We’ve got more to do.”

The Clarets have eight first-team players away on international duty, with Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski in the England squad, where Matej Vydra potentially faces them at Wembley on Friday with the Czech Rebublic.

Elsewhere Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long are with Ireland and Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been called up by Iceland.

In addition, Dwight McNeil could make his England Under-20 bow against Poland on Thursday after being selected by the Three Lions for the first time.

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