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It’s West Brom at home tomorrow and that brings Sam Allardyce back to Turf Moor as a manager for the first time since the beginning of March three years ago when we beat his Everton side 2-1.

Allardyce took over at West Brom in December last year, his eighth Premier League club, and he brings them to Turf Moor in 19th place in the Premier League but having gained a good result last week against Manchester United.

He said: “The Albion fans have listened to me talking about the need to stop conceding sloppy goals. There were no sloppy goals conceded in our last game against Manchester United and that’s a real starting point for us going to Burnley.

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“There was little we could do about Bruno Fernandes’ goal. He’s probably the only player on the pitch who could have done that. So the defending overall from start to finish was excellent, keeping United quiet. There were very few shots at our goal. We should have been delighted last Sunday night because we should have won the game, but we have to take encouragement from that and believe we can go and deliver a similar performance at Burnley.

“Burnley will have an entirely different set up and tactical approach. They’ve had years and years of practice with Sean Dyche. Every Burnley player will know exactly what they need to do and that means we will have a very tough game.

“We will have a different way of handling the Burnley game compared to the way we handled the United game. If we do that well, hopefully we can create as many chances as we did against Manchester United.

“We’re all now pushing the players about consistency and their level of performance. You’ve heard me barking on to the fans about how it’s no good doing it one week and not doing it the week after that, or the next week after that. We should be looking forward to the game more than we have done in previous matches.

“Hopefully we can turn in another good performance. We have to make points up and that has to start at Burnley. We can’t afford many more defeats now. We have to go and try and take three points. This game is almost a must win.”

Coming up against Allardyce again for the first time in almost three years, Sean Dyche said: “The Premier League is a tough job for any manager. Sam is well versed in it, more than me, and he knows the challenge, the group and what he knows he needs to do. It’s getting everyone else to know that and that is the tough part of managing and coaching, getting everyone else aware of what needs to be done.

“He’s done it many times before, there’s the knowledge there and they are fighting, everyone is fighting at the moment including ourselves, and you should expect that in the Premier League, everyone wants to be in it, everyone wants to stay in it and Sam knows that.

“Historically they are strong, fit and organised, they still have players that can play and are in the Premier League. I will surprised if they are not trying to work on their organisation, mixed with trying to play slightly more, we will see because he has different players.

“I certainly don’t think he is a person who you pigeon hole into having only one way of playing, I think he’s got a lot more in his locker than just doing one thing and there will be ways of adapting and a base that he’ll work from. He is wise enough to look at the reality of the group he’s got and try and mould it into what he wants.”

We got our first point of the season at West Brom with the second coming at Brighton, both in 0-0 draws, but Dyche was quick to point out: “We’ve had a good points return since game eight. I reference it a lot because we had a really tough start for many different reasons, on and off the pitch. It’s been a really good points return since then. There’ve been some good performances along the way.”

We’ve picked up five points from the last three with two home 1-1 draws either side of the win at Palace and Dyche insisted: “We’ve got to continue to find consistency. We’ve shown that since game eight, a lot more consistency, not just week to week but also within a 95-minute game. We’ve got to continue to do that. Regardless of all the challenges that come our way, that’s the key focus.”

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