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Burnley travel to St. James’ Park tonight to face a Newcastle side under the direction of Rafa Benitez who has now been in charge there for just a couple of weeks short of three years.

His side have won their last three home games and ahead of tonight’s game, he said: “We approach the game to get three points. We know there is not much time between the games but it is more or less the same for them. We have to cope with that.

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“We have to be sure we approach the game with confidence rather than overconfidence. Remember, they are doing well and are eight games unbeaten. They are a strong and physical team that are doing well. Away from home they have a good record so I think it is a very important game for both teams because we are very close together in the table.”

He added: “We have to be sure we have the confidence approaching the game thinking we can do well but we have to be aware they are a dangerous side,” and he said, referring to Chris Wood: “He’s a good player who is strong and both the strikers are in form and scoring goals. They are competing against the centre backs. We have our game plan but not just for him because they have so many strong players that we have to deal with.”

Sean Dyche said on Saturday that the win against Spurs would be parked very quickly as preparations got underway for Newcastle and he said: “There’s a good feeling around our camp at the moment and it grows whenever we get good results. We are not complacent, you don’t get that with this group. They are well aware of pressures in the Premier League, they know how demanding it is.”

He added: “We continue to look at the next game as the most important. The players deserve a lot of credit for this run but they know that the next game is the most important, we’ve spoken about that many times.

“We didn’t lose sight of it when we weren’t doing so well either. It’s an unforgiving league and we know that. We know that we’ve got to continue the good work that’s getting done and with good performances.

“One of my beliefs is that if you get your performances right, more often than not it pays you back. We have put in the hard yards and we are now enjoying a good run of consistent performances.

“We know the last one doesn’t owe us anything though and we have to go and earn anything we get from the next one. That’s always the biggest game.”




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