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Burnley travel to West Brom tomorrow who have a different manager in the hot seat than when they won at Turf Moor back in August; Tony Pulis, now at Middlesbrough, was the man in charge then but he’s been replaced by Alan Pardew whose previous club was Crystal Palace.

Pardew finds his team bottom of the league and facing relegation after an eight year stay in the Premier League and asked of their chances of avoiding the drop, Pardew said: “The realisation of how many games we’ve won and how many we’d need to win before the end of the year means it’s very difficult, if not impossible.

“We need to take one game at a time. We need to focus on Burnley and let’s just see if we can get a victory and build on it. That’s as simplistic as I’ve been with the group.”

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Last time out they led at Bournemouth but were beaten by a late goal. Pardew recalled: “After the Bournemouth game when we played so well they were devastated in the changing room. We have got to get it out of our system now and be back in a positive mode to face a good Burnley side who are having a positive season under Sean.

“I’m fighting for this club because I believe this is a good club. The balance of the squad this season hasn’t been right and that’s evident in how many goals we’ve scored. We’ve only scored two goals or more on five occasions all season. That’s been a massive problem and that’s what we need to address in the summer. We tried to address it in January and that’s why we got Daniel (Sturridge). If we’re going to beat Burnley it’s going to have to be 1-0 or 2-1 at best and that makes it difficult.

“Without putting too much blame at my own door, I feel I’d like to come back next year and build a team that plays the way I want with a bit more balance and prowess.”

Sean Dyche will recall that on our two visits to West Brom under his management we’ve returned home with 4-0 defeats on both occasions. “West Brom has traditionally been a tough place for us to go. It’s up to us to turn that around,” he said.

“We’re in good shape to do so, but they’re still a good side on paper. They’re a sign of how tough the Premier League is because they’re a good group with a very experienced manager and a very good, recognised club in the Premier League having a tough time.

“We have to go there understanding that they’ll be fighting without a shadow of a doubt. We’ve got to make sure that we perform because we still want to finish our season strong and continue to get points on the board.”

Dyche added: “Every division is difficult. I would have said the same a few years ago about the Championship, but it’s so cut throat in the Premier League. You can be going along nicely, as we were, and then go on a real tough run. If that tough run comes at the wrong time or the wrong stage of the season in relation to where you are in the league it can really knock you.

“I don’t want to judge anyone. I know how tough this division is. I’ve learned and continue to learn about how tough it is. They’ve got to find their own way out of their situation. Ours is to keep doing what we’re doing and keep getting points on the table and that is our clear focus.”

 

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