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Dyche: Ending On A Positive

Boss pleased with strong finish as Phil Bardsley's place in plans confimed

10 May 2019

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets’ season can only be viewed in a positive light as they prepare to sign off against Arsenal on Sunday.

Burnley have already secured a fourth successive campaign in the top flight for the first time since the start of the 1970s and finishing 15th or better would represent their second highest ranking in the Premier League era.

And while Dyche is determined to try and end on a high with victory over the Gunners at Turf Moor, he believes the outcome won’t alter the overall feel of the campaign.

“I think it’s impossible to not end on a positive note because of what’s happened in the second half of the season,” said the Burnley boss.

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Phil Bardsley will have a third year with the Clarets next season

“It’s been such a big challenge, this season, I think it will be positive anyway.

“But just the feel-good factor of that last game and that result is good for all.”

Arsenal are the only current top-tier side the Clarets have not beaten in their three separate stays in the Premier League following a number of near misses and controversial late goals.

Unai Emery’s side - who are set to miss out on the top four - won the reverse fixture 3-1 just before Christmas as the Clarets struggled for form.

But the Londoners have reserved their best away performances for the Europa League, with a win in Valencia on Thursday night earning them a place in the final against Chelsea and their last remaining chance of Champions League qualification for next season.

“Fantastic for them and congratulations to them,” added Dyche.

“If they win that and finish well then good from them all-round.

“We can only bother ourselves with our last game. We want to deliver a performance and we want to beat a top side, again. It’s not that easy, but that’s what we want to do.

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“The main thing for me is finish strong performance-wise, because I think we’ve done that in the second half of the season.

“There have been a couple of blips, but, mainly, they’ve been good performances.

“If we can get a result on the back of that it’s always good to beat the top teams, particularly at home.

“We want to beat a top side, again. It’s not that easy, but that’s what we want to do.”

Meanwhile, the Clarets have confirmed that Phil Bardsley will remain at Turf Moor next season.

The right-back, who has played a big part in Burnley’s successful survival mission, has triggered a 12-month extension to his current deal after making the required number of Premier League appearances.

And talks are planned with Peter Crouch to discuss his future after the striker’s short-term deal ends at the end of the season.    


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