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Burnley travel to Fulham tonight with the Clarets coming up against their manager Slavisa Jokanovic for the first time. Last season he was the fourth and last Watford manager, moving into Vicarage Road during October and taking them to the Premier League before being replaced by Enrique Sanchez Flores.

It doesn’t appear that Jokanovic has spoken to the media ahead of tonight’s game but young striker Moussa Dembele has said: “We have to approach it as a normal game. They may be top but we need to stay focused and try and do our best. If we play like we’re capable of, we can definitely win this game.”

1415 burnley sean dyche 00 630x420Sean Dyche has spoken about the team spirit and togetherness within the squad at Burnley and how tight knit they are. “A squad is something we have worked hard to build over the past few years,” he said.

“It wasn’t always available to us and we still work with a tight squad. If you look in terms of other Championship teams we’ve only used 23 players, where some have used 30 plus, but I want that tight knit group. The main thing is to have a challenging one, where there are very fine margins.

“At the moment we have the luxury, for once, of having players who don’t actually make the side or the bench. That’s an unusual situation I’ve had since I arrived here, but it’s another good thing to have a challenging group.”

He continued: “We are gaining a deeper understanding of how to win games, game management and the glue that holds performances together in order to win. It’s not just about tactical shape, there is a lot more to it than that and we now have an enhanced feel for that, which can only be beneficial going forwards because not every games pans out the way you want it to.

“It goes back to getting each game, as it comes, right, because then all the other things come. Last weekend everyone was talking about it being 38 years since we beat Blackburn at home, but the fact is that if you get the performance right and get the win, everything comes to you like a magnet.

“It’s one game at a time and the next game is Fulham. They are a side that can score goals and they have conceded a lot this season. The new manager there seems to be trying to find a balance. he has played many different styles over his games there and they are still a team that, on any given day, can beat anyone else.

“We will take them seriously by aligning our players to what we feel is important about them, but the focus is about us and what we do and deliver.”

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