Share this page :

Burnley travel to West Ham today with home boss Slaven Bilic realising the importance of the game for his side who dropped, albeit briefly, into the relegation positions over the weekend.

They are back out, courtesy of a draw at Liverpool, but Bilic has said ahead of tonight’s game: “We need to beat Burnley. We need points, we have a huge respect for them.

“We’ve been waiting for these couple of games (Burnley and Hull). We’ve been talking about tough games for four games running. Spurs, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool is very difficult on paper and we were hoping to get something out of them.

“We were waiting to get through that period. It’s come now. We are thinking about Burnley and have a good chance and have to show our determination and quality together. We have to beat them.”

He added: “If we show the intensity, the mentality, the determination and team work and everything, like we showed at Old Trafford or a couple of days ago against Liverpool, there is no reason why we should not do that. I am positive.”

Burnley’s away record in the Premier League is the worst but the home form has seen us reach 17 points so far and 13th place. Of that Sean Dyche said: “There’s a long way to go. We’re certainly not over thinking that. We’re going along steadily. We have certainly proved a few people wrong in this early part of the season, but we know the journey is through a whole season.

“Don’t get me wrong. It’s there to be recognised. We have certainly had a solid start, particularly at home which is well documented, but it’s early in the Premier League season. Maybe not in the physical side of things, because we are well into December and coming up to that Christmas period, but there is still a lot of football to be played, so there is no getting too carried away with what we’ve done so far.

“Equally we have to find a balance and say it’s been a solid start and that’s what you’d hope for after what we have learned from last time around.”

Follow UpTheClarets:

Share this page :