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Aston Villa are at Turf Moor tonight and while Dean Smith still awaits a success against us on his home ground, he’s lost with Brentford and drawn twice with Villa, he won on his first visit to Turf Moor as Villa boss on New Year’s Day 2020 and will be looking to repeat that tonight.

Speaking about us in his press conference, he said: “Burnley are a very resolute team and they don’t concede many against anyone. They’ve had an unbelievable result against Liverpool, so it’s going to be a real tough game again.

“They’re pulling themselves away from the slow start they had. It’s going to be another tough game for us. They defended resolutely (against Liverpool) and that’s what their strength is built on. They’ve always got that threat up front as well with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.

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“He’s (Sean Dyche) done brilliantly. You look at when he left Watford and went to Burnley, he got them promoted, relegated, promoted again and they’ve stayed there ever since. He’s continued to build at the football club, it’s a success story. They won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, in terms of their style, but they do what they have to do to be successful at their club. The supporters are behind them, and understandably so.”

Smith said of his own team after their result against Newcastle: “There are different ways to win football games, it’s not always about being gung ho and cavalier. It would have been very easy with the form that Newcastle were in to go with a very attacking system, but I just felt we needed to be solid as well, pick up second balls and play from there.

“We’ve got different ways that we can win games now, which is probably the most pleasing thing. We’ve got a good organisation and structure so that when players come in, they know their roles and can do a really good job.”

Sean Dyche has seen his Burnley team, in fact almost two Burnley teams, record away wins in the last week and is now looking to continue that sort of form at home. “We’re coming back to a strength in our group and we’re beginning to look like we feel this group is, and that’s a very committed, hard working group of players with some quality,” he said.

“As much as we’re aware Aston Villa have had a really strong start to the season and continue to deliver good performances, then I think we’re getting that strength in depth again. We’re in a good place ourselves. We’ve had two really important results for different reasons, and pleasing in that we had so many players who haven’t always been there fit and well and active, so it’s been a good week for us.”

Dyche added: ““We’ve earned the right to get back on a good run of results and the present position. There’s a lot of work to be done yet, but I think we’ve deserved to get where we’ve got to, especially after a very tough start. People sometimes forget we had two points in eight games. And then you look at the points return in the last number of games and actually we’re in a very strong run of form. We want that to continue but it is the one game mentality that has served us well, so this next game is the most important one.”

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