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Newcastle are at Burnley tomorrow and that brings two friends in opposition with the two managers Steve Bruce and Sean Dyche.

Ahead of their trip to the Turf, Bruce said: “I’m a big admirer of Dychey and what he’s done. He plays a certain way, a certain style, he plays it his way, and it’s been highly effective. It would be great to go and get a result there, and that would put us within a result of them, which would be good going into the last seven games of the season.”

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They drew last week against Spurs and Bruce added: “We played very, very well last week. I’m sure there was a few raised eyebrows like there always is before the game. Well done to the players who came in and grasped the situation. We played very, very well, arguably as good as we’ve played all season considering the opposition.

“Now that’s gone. We must now go and produce it against Burnley. Whoever we pick, we’ve got to go and produce a performance. If you do that and you’re not quite good enough on the day, then nobody complains. That’s where we’ve got to be. We’ve got to be at those sort of levels to make sure we get something out of the match.”

Burnley lost a two goal lead last week and ahead of tomorrow’s game, Dyche said: “Every game makes a story, but it’s a points game and that’s what’s really important now. The league has a way of working and that’s to get enough points on the table and our focus will remain on that.”

Returning the compliments,” he said of Newcastle and Bruce: “There always seems to be a big expectation at Newcastle, but Steve is a very good manager in my opinion and a good bloke too. He is well rounded in his views on football management and I don’t think there is such a thing as unfair in management anymore.

“Everyone is fair game and you take everything that comes your way. Society is changing in how people treat you, so we just have to roll with the punches. Steve gets a few knocks along the way and he can deal with that and he’ll stay focused on the job in hand.

“The bottom line is they are still a Premier League side and we have to be ready to perform. They are a good outfit with a very good manager so we have to be on top of our performance and the main focus is on us, I can assure you.”

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