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Burnley travel to Crystal Palace tonight with Selhurst Park about to host a behind closed doors game for the first time, and that was what manager Roy Hodgson spoke about in his press conference.

Former England boss Hodgson said about there being no fans in his press conference: “Yes, we will miss that; there’s no doubt about that. I think the fans will miss being there too, of course, However, one of the things that one hopes for with our club, is that support is a very loyal and fervent support.

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“One thing we do know, even though they aren’t there physically, they’re there in spirit, we know that their thoughts, prayers, hopes and desire to push us on to victory will be there from wherever they’re watching and whatever medium they’re watching the game on.

“We feel their presence and we welcome that, but it is going to be very, very different.”

Sean Dyche takes his small number of players to Palace where he will be looking to secure a first point from them since Roy Hodgson became manager. He said: “I’m delighted at the balance of the team at the moment. The number of clean sheets is pleasing, and I think we are the fifth highest in number of wins.

“People have always said we defend to counter, but we do try to win, you know. It’s hard sometimes because there’s another team trying to peg you back, but twelve wins is a decent tally at this stage of a season. We’re sat on 42 points and if we can get a few players back, I think we’ll be in very good shape. As it stands, I think it’s going to be a challenge with the group we’ve got.”

He added: “On and off the pitch it was a challenging week, for different reasons, but, at the end of the day, we are there to play football and I thought the players were fantastic against Watford. It has been a tough time for the club, the players and myself, so it was good to see there is still a clarity.

“I marvelled at the levels of performance for two games in four days. Obviously, City did what they do, and that can happen there, but we still ran five kilometres further than anyone else and that’s a lot. So, to repeat that and run hard again against Watford and find that moment to win a game is testament to the will and endeavour.

“For the same group of players to do that, with no excuses, was very pleasing.”

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