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Swansea are at Turf Moor tomorrow and it will be Paul Clement’s second game at Burnley as a manager having previously been here with Derby in January 2016.

Clement replaced Bob Bradley last season and helped Swansea to safety but right now they are back at the bottom end of the table but Clement sees his side quickly moving away from the threat of relegation.

“We are going to try to win at Burnley,” he said. “That’s something we have had some difficulty with recently, but I must say the application of the players and the spirit is very good.

“Clearly we are all very disappointed with our league position and the way we have played in some games, but fortunately we haven’t had too many players away during the international break and we have been able to do some really good work on the training ground.

“We have done some different things. We trained one day at the beach and we also went ten-pin bowling after training yesterday (Wednesday), but of course the main work has been done on the training field and the players have been very focused. I sense a good, upbeat environment, we are ready to go into this game.”

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Having said that, Burnley have only scored three more than us. The difference is that they have come out on the right side of some very tight games. I think they can be a good example for us, the way they have managed games.”

Sean Dyche welcomes back all his international players ahead of tomorrow’s game and will have to check on Chris Wood before naming his team.

Some of those players were internationals prior to working with Dyche but others not, including Jack Cork who has made his England debut in the last week. Dyche said: “The development side of what we’ve done year on year has been pretty obvious. Players have developed and improved.

“I hope there’s some thought out there that this is what we do. Within that, if Corky’s a good show of that, then great. If me or my staff can help a player, then that is as massive thing for me, and that will be with me as long as anything in the game.”

We are back in action now and he added: “We know every week is a big challenge, the next one coming along in Swansea. We don’t look beyond that, we focus on that and we want to give a good account of ourselves

“They’ve had a tricky one, but they’ve been better it seems results wise at least away from home. They’ve got some good players. They’ve got a good young manager, a bright young manager who wants to do well. I know Nigel Gibbs the assistant very well. I worked under him at Watford and is someone I class as a friend in football.

“There is a good group there but the Premier League is tricky, we all know that. We don’t take anyone lightly. Their form at the moment is certainly indifferent at least. They’ll know that, they’ll want to correct it and we have to work hard to continue our form so we try and look at the simple facts of it. It is very important that we focus on what we are about and what we do.”

 

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