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Dyche staying positive as Burnley search for first league victory

Sean Dyche focused on tough road ahead as Burnley look to reverse dismal run of form and secure first Premier League win of the season against Crystal Palace

  • Burnley have picked up just two points from seven Premier League matches
  • Sean Dyche’s men host Crystal Palace and would move up to 17th with a win
  • Roy Hodgson’s side currently sit ninth after claiming 13 points in eight games

A dismal run of two points from seven matches is forcing a rethink at Burnley now the distraction of international football has gone.

Manager Sean Dyche, who welcomes Crystal Palace on Monday night knowing the pressure is on, is planning to make the most of the four-month international hiatus. 

‘It does give us a focus. We need to clear our minds for the task in front of us,’ Dyche said.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is staying positive despite his side’s terrible start to the campaign

‘But that hasn’t been lacking. There’s other things that have got in the way of our form, but we do have to take responsibility for what comes next, including myself.

‘It does give us a clear view to get on with our workload and take it into the games and to supply the performances that can get us results.’

In contrast to Burnley, Roy Hodgson’s Palace have begun the season well, collecting 13 points from eight matches.

Roy Hodgson’s side have gone slightly under the radar and sit ninth after defeating Leeds 4-1

Hodgson believes he has his strongest squad since arriving at Selhurst Park, but he will not be getting carried away with the positive signs by reassessing their ambitions.

‘It is far too early to do that,’ he said.

‘There is no point — after eight games with 30 still to play — making bold statements about where we’d like to be at the end of the season.’




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