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West Ham are at Burnley tomorrow in what is Manuel Pellegrini’s second season in charge of the Irons and he’ll be looking to get a positive result for his team who are currently on a disappointing run.

“The team is not winning,” he said in his press conference. “When you are now inning, it is because everyone must do better, including the manager, the players, the individual performers. The Premier League is very tight this season. You have three points between eight or nine teams, but of course we need to improve and we want to be in another position. It is a very bad moment for us, without any doubt. I always try to be optimistic, I always set my targets as high as I can. I always demand that West Ham fight to be in the upper part of the table.”

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Speaking about us, he added: “Burnley have a direct style, and it’s a style that in the last few years has been very successful. If we are to win, it will be because we have tried harder to play better than them.”

With last week’s disappointing performance at Sheffield United, much has been said about the West Ham game last season when we won 2-0 just days after the poor 5-1 home loss to Everton on Boxing Day.

Sean Dyche doesn’t quite see it that way. He said: “The bigger picture of where we were last season to where we are this season, we are a completely different animal, the way we are going about it and with the way the team are performing.”

He has demanded an improvement and talked about making changes. “I want more, I expect more, so that goes into this weekend’s thinking,” he added. “The teams we are playing now we recognise as being challengers so therefore we have to take the challenge on. We know they are a good side and they’ve had a couple of down days, which can happen.

“They’re trying to find their consistency, but it’s not for me to really worry about them other than making the players aware of some of their threats. Equally, we have to find some of the ways that we can affect them and put into action a game plan which we think can win the game and that’s what we will do.”

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