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Burnley travel to South Wales tomorrow and an away game against Swansea City who are under new management since the two sides last met in October.

Paul Clement was in charge then but Swansea’s poor form saw him lose his job in the week before Christmas and replaced, eight days later, by Carlos Carvalhal who had himself been sacked on Christmas Eve by Sheffield Wednesday.

They were bottom and are now just outside the bottom three but he has said there will be no easing off because they are no longer in the relegation positions. “We were last when I arrived, five points from safety I think,” he said.

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“Now we are in a better position. We have our heads above the water and we are breathing fresh air, but the sharks are still around us. They will push us back down if we do not keep going, and we have to make sure that does not happen.”

He added: “What I want at the end of the season is not to be in the last three positions. This is the important thing. It’s been a hard road so far. We are proud of what we have done so far but we have not achieved anything.

“What is in the past is in the past, it is in the museum. We must prove every day that we can win points in the Premier League. We are still in a bad position. We must fight all the time to put ourselves in a better position.”

Sean Dyche will be looking to get the Clarets back to winning ways and in doing so edging closer to the season’s first target. “We got forty points last season and we want to go beyond that,” Dyche said.

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“It’s been more challenging lately because of injuries but when everyone is fit and that competitive element is there then I think we’ve improved on last season, but you have to do the improvement in the league table. That’s where you’re measured so we want to go above and beyond what we did last season.

“Beyond that, we’re open minded. We have been all season and that’s been effective this year, we’ve got eighteen points away from home, eighteen at home. That proves there has been a more open minded approach, particularly away from home, because it was difficult for us last season and we’ve quite obviously changed that.”

It’s Swansea tomorrow, a team that are on the up again following the change of manager. “We’ve all see the bounce that can happen when a new manager comes in. They’ve certainly had that,” Dyche said.

“It’s a new style, 5-4-1 and not keeping the ball, it’s mainly counter attack. Swansea were a team that were renowned for working in possession and lately they’ve got a different style and it’s been effective. They may change that against us.

“It’s another big challenge. We’re Burnley, we know every game is a challenge. We will be ready.

“There’s a great clarity through what we do. The chairman and everyone know the challenge of the Premier League. The fans have been amazing lately. There’s life in a side who give everything, and we give everything.”

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