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Monday 11 December 2017

Dyche relishing Burnley run of four straight away games despite recent record

Sean Dyche has no fears over Burnley's run of away fixtures
Sean Dyche has no fears over Burnley's run of away fixtures

Sean Dyche is relishing Burnley's run of four successive away games - despite the fact they are yet to win on their travels all season.

Having taken only one point from their previous 11 Premier League matches away from Turf Moor, the Clarets have upcoming fixtures at Hull, Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland before they return to east Lancashire action in April.

Should their current poor travelling form continue, Dyche's mid-table outfit may find themselves sucked back into the relegation mire by the time they host Tottenham on April Fools' Day.

Yet Burnley's boss holds no fears about life on the road before then because he believes that, even with games against strugglers like Hull, Swansea and Sunderland on the calendar, it will be those hosts who will be expected to deliver.

"I think it's brilliant for us because the timing's magnificent," Dyche claimed.

"The teams on the opposite side, they are expected (to win) now, we're not because everyone looks at the form book and goes, 'Well it's going to be hard for them to win away because they haven't won any away'.

"Expectancy grows on the team you're playing now. It's a completely different thing now, going away.

"Our main thing is to get things, we've got to get what we want, we can't just let it happen. Statistics work in your favour over a season and mindset works in your favour because the pressure is on the opposition.

"Their fans will all be saying, 'You've got to beat Burnley because they can't win away. For us, it's about delivering a performance and see what you get, we're open minded."

Even with Dyche's optimism about what lies ahead, Burnley go into this weekend's fixture with Hull on the back of one of the most embarrassing results in their history.

They were beaten 1-0 by non-League Lincoln in the fifth round of the FA Cup last Saturday, yet their manager has spent little time dissecting the exit this week.

"We came in Monday, talked about it, and it's gone," Dyche stressed.

"The bigger picture to our season has always been the Premier League, that (FA Cup progression) would have been a nice bonus, not in a disrespectful way.

"The goal this season has always been about the Premier League. That doesn't change, the ups and downs of seasons don't take away from the real goal, and the real goal for us is the Premier League.

"If it doesn't go our way it gets parked very quickly and we move onto the next challenge. It's always the way we've worked. In my time here there have been way more highs than questions of things that have gone against us. We make sure we focus on that."

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