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Watford are our visitors tomorrow and that brings Marco Silva to Turf Moor for the first time; the only previous occasion he managed a team against us was with Hull last season at the KCOM Stadium, a game that ended 1-1.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, he said: “Burnley are doing very well. They started very well and everybody knows it’s really difficult to play them to get good results. It is one team challenging in every moment of the match. We must play a good battle to compete and take the result. We need to compete really well.”

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Silva explained his team’s away form this season. “We don’t change anything home or away,” he explained. “We try to compete to take points. We play in the same way. Maybe the difference is not in our team but in our opponent.”

He continued: “When we analyse them (Burnley) they are really balanced. They don’t concede a lot of goals, they keep very good organisation and are very strong. Every moment from every set-piece they are strong as well. We need to keep focus at set-pieces. We could improve more in this situation. We need to keep a good focus and keep a good balance.

“Both teams are doing fantastic until now. It’s a very good start but myself and Sean Dyche want to continue in the same way. There is everything to play for in the Premier League and this is a new game, a new fight and it will be a tough game for sure.

“Our realistic aim is the first goal we had since the first day, to remain a club in the Premier League. That is our goal. We know how many points we need to achieve our goal. We don’t change anything. We are happy with everything we did until now.

“We know our way and know how everything can change fast, so we continue to work day by day to prepare for the next game. It’s our job, our obligation to always improve. Of course we are happy but things change fast. Even when we take good results we analyse how we can improve on the training ground.”

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Sean Dyche will have to replace Robbie Brady in the team and the likely player to come in is Scott Arfield. Strangely, the local press have been suggesting to Dyche that Arfield has been coming in for some criticism although it is certainly not something I’ve heard at games.

Dyche said on that one: “Didn’t he put the ball in a certain net? I’ve heard them sing that a lot. You’ve got to be realistic, if there’s 20,000 people in a stadium, then however many are giving their views, it’s not going to be all 20,000.

“The club does want to move forward but that doesn’t mean a player can’t move forward with it. Ben Mee, he was here before I was, as was Vokesy and Tom Heaton was here because I brought him here.

“Where players are from when I get here is much higher than they were. People’s opinions change, but if you look at the progress he’s moved on. That’s my measure, where they were when I got here and where they are now. I don’t do perception. I just do the facts, the facts are these players are all up here now compared to where they were.”

Dyche is certainly happy with the position the club are in right now. “We’re written off every year and we’re used to that,” he said. “When you have such a strong start people will find surprise in that.

“I’ve made it clear I think we’re in a very healthy position, probably more so than I thought we’d be. Not because I doubt my group but because we’re honest about how tough the league is.”

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