It’s just getting that performance to come together and take a win
When Burnley kicked off the season with a home game against Swansea City, they were under the management of Francesco Guidolin. They’ve since made two changes with Guidolin and then Bob Bradley, his replacement, both getting the sack.
The new man in charge at the Liberty Stadium is Paul Clement who came up against Burnley last season in two games when in charge of Derby County.
He’s brought about an improvement at Swansea and, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, said: “I am learning every day about my players. They are very focused, they have been right from the start. They have shown a very professional attitude and they are very, very hungry to stay and play at this level. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them in terms of the way they are preparing for games.
“We have three games in March and then we begin April with a game against Middlesbrough. We are all very aware that it is a very crucial period of four games, but all we are focusing on for the moment is Burnley.
“We have just come through a tough run of games but we have picked up a good number of points, and we will try to do the same thing on Saturday.”
He said of us: “They are not in the relegation scrap at the moment, but with 12 games to go there are a lot of points to play for and they will be eager to get something against us.
“Their home record is excellent but their away record is not so good, so they will be desperate to work out why that is and to put it right. In the first game of the season, Swansea picked up what now looks like a fantastic away win at Burnley. It’s our job to produce another good performance a home.”
That win at Turf Moor gave us a losing start to the season but Sean Dyche believes things have definitely improved for the Clarets since. “I think we’ve learned and I think we’re improving,” he said. “By no means do we think we’re the real deal. We’ve had some good result. We know there are a couple that have got away from us but I definitely think we’ve improved since the first game of the season.
“We’ve learned a bit more about the division, a bit more about ourselves and the connections within the team, because we’ve had some new players, and there have been good signs from us.”
All the talk, every time we play an away game, is of our failure to secure a win on the road, but we got our second away draw last week and Dyche said: “It reinforces good work. We have been encouraged. It’s just getting that performance to come together and take a win.
“Generally, there’s been no lack of encouragement from ourselves from within from our performances away. I was quite happy with our performance (last week at Hull). We wanted to go and affect the game and we wanted to be positive. We had one golden chance and two or three other very good chances and they are having a good little run at the moment.
“It was an important game for many reasons but the main thing was to get another performance, because as long as we can keep getting performances right, it gives you a whole better chance of getting what you want.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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