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Patrick Vieira was in the Manchester City team that beat us in the Premier League back in April 2010, but tomorrow he’s back at Turf Moor for the first time as a manager, other than when he brought his Nice team to Burnley for a friendly, having replaced Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace in the summer.

His team went into the international break in good form but he saw the positives in some of his players being away. “The international break is good because some are focusing on qualifications, and the ones here are working to go to a different level in their tactical and physical work.

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“It is important for us to keep challenging ourselves. It is important for myself and the staff to demand even more from our players, they still have a lot to give the team. We want to keep winning games.

“It is really difficult to create momentum, and we have momentum. We have to take care of it, and we have to do the right things to make sure it lasts really long. I think it’s a team performance. When you don’t concede a goal, I think the work that is done by our front players is important to stop the opposition developing the game. When we score goals, it is because our build up from the back is good to create the space.

“We are pleased but we want to improve. We want to give less chances to the opponent, and we want to score goals. That is our challenge.”

He said of us: “It’s not an easy place to go. At the minute we are in a good period. We are playing well and are creating chances. We have to keep challenging ourselves. We have to keep doing the right thing. Obviously it will be a difficult challenge, but we are going and believing in ourselves, and we will give our best to get something from that game.”

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Sean Dyche opened up this week speaking about captain Ben Mee who has been on BBC Breakfast talking about the premature birth of his daughter Olive.

“Ben went through a really tough spell, the worry, the concern and the challenge of staying focused. We obviously supported him as well as we could, but there’s no true support in that situation. He’s a grounded, balanced fella, very caring about his family, like most are, and I think he’s in a situation that he dealt with very, very well, among other situations that he’s dealt with very, very well.

“That all encapsulates, on a lesser level than his real life and his family, why he’s ended up being captain. There’s a maturity to a captain, some captains are by performance, of course, but for him it’s not only performances, it’s a maturity to what he is and who he is.”

We go into the game having beaten Brentford last time out at home and followed that up with a point at Chelsea. Dyche said: “The Brentford game took care of itself with a real performance. We were very good on the day, took chances we created and saw the game through. Chelsea was a whole different ball game. We defended for our lives at times, stuck in there and got a nice point.

“We’ve had one loss in five, the mentality is good, but that doesn’t guarantee the next one.”

He said of Palace: “They have got some very good players and they’ve made a nice start to the season. They know how they go about their business on and off the pitch, they’re a good club, with good support, a rounded situation and there is respect there for clubs like Crystal Palace.

“It’s just a building process of the performances we’ve had this season and pre-season, continuing to add the layers of detail and be on the right side of the margins. It comes down to you performing, I enhance that to the players all the time. We’ve not been far away. We were very strong against Brentford and we’ll have to do that against a good side in Palace. That’s just the nature of the league.”

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