Dyche says red card a hindrance

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says that his side's reaction to Leicester going down to ten men contributed to their defeat.

The Clarets lost 2-1 to Leicester at Turf Moor despite the visitors playing most of the match a man down after Harry Maguire's early dismissal for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

James Maddison gave the Foxes the lead from a free-kick but Burnley equalised through Dwight McNeil and looked the more likely to take all three points having the extra man advantage.

However Brendan Rodgers was left celebrating his first away win as new Leicester boss after substitute Wes Morgan scored the winner in the last minute.

The win kept Leicester in the top half of the Premier League but the table looks far less attractive for Burnley who are just a place and two points clear of the relegation zone after their fourth defeat in a row.

Afterwards Dyche admitted that his side had failed to make their extra man count.

He said: "First half we didn't get to grips with it really. They went to 10 men and I think it was so early it kind of shocked us and we didn't get to grips with it.

"Second half we adjusted it and we kept the ball better without really breaking them open. But it is difficult. Teams bank in with a 4-4-1 as they often do and they look for a counter.

"They didn't really counter many times and in the end they win it on a soft set-piece from our point of view."

The Clarets have two weeks off due to the international break and Dyche says that it has come at a good time for the squad.

"The clarity has to come," Dyche added. "[The international break] gives the chance for the players to clear their minds."

Burnley return to action on 30th March when they play Wolves at home.

They are 23/10 for a welcome three points with Wolves 5/4 and the draw 11/5.

Burnley are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Rodgers hails Dyche work

Brendan Rodgers is a fan of 'quality' manager Sean Dyche ahead of a meeting between their sides this weekend.

Rodgers is back in the Premier League with Leicester after a spell in Scotland and he's an admirer of Dyche and Burnley as a club.

Having steered Celtic through a couple of summers of European qualifiers, Rodgers wasn't surprised that Burnley faltered early this season, having fallen at the final hurdle in their quest to reach the Europa League knockout stages.

Dyche steadied the ship, though Burnley still find themselves 17th and just two points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

"I think Sean's done an outstanding job," said Rodgers. "Great credit to the club as well, because when they got relegated a few years back they stuck with him.

"Last year they had really good success and qualified for European football. In my experiences of going through a qualification phase, it can be very difficult, because you've got to come back in the middle of June.

"Then if you don't qualify for Europe, it can start your season on a real downer. That's probably what happened, but I think Sean has shown the quality of his management."

Burnley are 19/10 to beat Leicester on Saturday afternoon, with the Foxes 11/8 and the draw 12/5.

Rodgers' first game as Leicester boss ended in a late defeat away at former club Watford, though his side were 3-1 winners over Fulham on his King Power Stadium bow last weekend.

Leicester, eight points better off than Burnley and sitting in 10th place, are 9/1 to win 2-1 at Turf Moor.

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Dyche wants return to basics

Sean Dyche has called on his Burnley players to maintain their high standards when they come up against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Clarets' eight-match unbeaten run in the top-flight came to an end on Tuesday when they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United.

Dyche did not want to be too critical of his players but was disappointed with their first-half performance at St James' Park and is keen for them to get back to their best when they face Roy Hodgson's Eagles.

After watching his side lose to first-half goals by Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff, Dyche said: "We were a long way off, particularly in the first half – a bit better in the second half, but first half a long way off.

"Second half, I was pleased because there was a better energy and we caused them a few more problems and got them on the back foot more.

"We were more like we've been playing, with more energy, so a mixed bag, but they deserved to win, their performance was better than ours overall.

"It's probably a reminder that if you do come off just slightly, then you don't get anything."

Ashley Westwood fell ill on Tuesday afternoon and did not play at Newcastle. Dyche thought the former Aston Villa man was missed, adding: "I think Westy and Corky have had a tremendous little run together, and the way they've connected, but unfortunately Ashley went down with sickness, so we had to get him a car back because we didn't want it going through the camp."

Burnley are 13/8 to beat Crystal Palace and 9/4 to keep a clean sheet in Saturday's game.

Benitez urges more from Magpies

Rafael Benitez suggests there is 'no chance' anyone at Newcastle will be feeling they are safe in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Burnley.

It was a second home success in four days for the Magpies after they beat ten-man Huddersfield on Saturday and the win hoisted Newcastle up to 13th in the table, seven points clear of Southampton in the third relegation spot.

Fabian Schar opened the scoring in stunning fashion midway through the first half, crashing a 30-yard shot in off the upright.

The impressive Sean Longstaff doubled the Magpies lead before the break, and they were fairly comfortable in seeing out their fourth win six games.

Burnley's unbeaten eight-game Premier League run came to an end and Newcastle leapfrogged their visitors in the table but Benitez says this isn't the time to be getting falsely secure.

"Winning games you have more confidence but we have to take one game at a time. We are where we are now because we focused on that and we have to keep doing the same," said the Spaniard.

"We cannot think the job is done, no chance. We have confidence and we have to keep going. We can lose games but we have to approach every game with the same mentality and the players know it is like that."

With his side now 33/1 to be relegated, Benitez is confident that Newcastle can finish the season in strong fashion and secure their top flight status for another term.

"I know my staff and since a long time ago we have finished stronger at the end of the season. Sometimes you can lose games but we finish stronger," he added.

"Last year we were safe with five games to play. It's something I was expecting and hopefully we can carry on winning games."

Newcastle are 3/1 to win away at West Ham on Saturday evening. The Hammers are 1/1 for the London Stadium clash, with the draw available at 11/5.

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Dyche calm over Clarets form

Sean Dyche has challenged his in-form Burnley outfit to maintain the high standards they have set in going unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches.

The Clarets have lifted themselves six points clear of the relegation places due to their upturn in fortunes, but head coach Dyche has warned that now is not the time to think that the job is done.

He told reporters: "Our target is to keep performing. This league is very demanding and the next game is always the most important, so collectively, we keep pushing to get the results we all want.

"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 so 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 with good performances."

Burnley head to Tyneside on Tuesday evening to take on Newcastle United, with the Magpies having gained ten points from a possible 15 from their last five league outings.

And their head coach Rafa Benitez, whose side now have 28 points – two less than Burnley – thinks a couple more wins could see his side all but safe from the threat of relegation.

He added: "I think this year (safety) will be less than 40 points. This year I think 38 could be fine, even less maybe, but it depends."

Newcastle won 2-1 at Turf Moor earlier this season and are 9/1 to triumph by the same scoreline on Tuesday, with the hosts 5/4 to keep a clean sheet, while Salomon Rondon is 15/8 to score at any time in the game.

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Hard work the key for Dyche

Sean Dyche says Burnley's revival since Boxing Day has been down to a good work ethic and a return to the club's key core values.

Since slumping to a 5-1 home defeat to Everton over the festive period that left the Clarets in grave danger of being relegated, they have put together an eight-match unbeaten run and recorded an excellent 2-1 victory against Tottenham on Saturday.

Dyche said: "Watford are doing really well as we did last season, but the margins are tight and we're working really hard to look after ourselves.

"We're not bothered about anyone else and that has been a key focus from Christmas, get back to what we're about, what we stand for, the belief, the key core values, and I think that's glued us back together.

"The feeling in the camp has grown each game, and part of that is winning, but it's not just that, it's the undercurrent, it's been terrific and the players deserve massive credit for taking that on."

Burnley face Newcastle United at St James' Park on Tuesday and are 14/5 to beat Rafa Benitez's side and 16/1 to win the match from behind.

Spurs lose ground in title race

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino conceded that winning the title would be "difficult" after his side lost 2-1 at Burnley.

Harry Kane marked his comeback from injury with a goal but that was sandwiched between two for the home side at Turf Moor, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes on target for Sean Dyche's side who move further clear of the relegation zone with this victory.

Wood headed the Clarets in front early in the second half, Kane, in his first appearance since 13th January, got Spurs back on level terms, but Burnley regained the lead late on through a Barnes tap-in to secure the three points.

The win moves Burnley up into mid-table, six points clear of the relegation zone. They haven't lost in the league this year going eight games unbeaten after a poor start to the campaign.

Meanwhile Spurs, at the other end of the table, would have moved to within two points of Manchester City and Liverpool with victory at Turf Moor.

As it is they remain five off the pace having played a game more than Liverpool who will regain top spot in the Premier League if they avoid defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Pochettino said after the Burnley defeat that mistakes had cost his side. He told Sky Sports: "We made a few mistakes and conceded two goals. There is nothing to say. Congratulations to Burnley. We don't deserve the defeat but that's football.

"I think it's important to understand that it was a game that is important for us. I believe before the game that if you want to be a contender you need three points."

Spurs are back in action in the Premier League on Wednesday night when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a London derby.

They are 11/5 for the win with Maurizio Sarri's side 5/4 and the draw 9/4.

As well as the league Spurs are also still involved in the Champions League, having a 3-0 advantage over Borussia Dortmund after the first-leg of their round of 16 clash.

Spurs are 16/1 to win the Champions League this season with Real Madrid 9/1.

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Dyche insists more to come

Sean Dyche insists that Burnley's survival bid is far from over and says there is more to come from his side this season.

The Clarets are unbeaten in the league this year, taking 15 points from their last seven games.

However, despite that run they are still only three points clear of the relegation zone so Dyche is far from complacent.

He says though that while he and the squad have been put under scrutiny this campaign, he is pleased with how they have reacted.

At a press conference ahead of a weekend match with Tottenham at Turf Moor, Dyche said: "We've been heavily questioned this season, myself and the team. To come out of that with a good run of performances and results is very pleasing.

"The players are certainly grounded enough to know there is more to come and we have got to continue in that vein."

Burnley are 4/1 to win on Saturday with Spurs 4/6 and the draw 11/4.

Dyche said that Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are fit to face Mauricio Pochettino's side though the squad will still be missing Steven Defour.

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage, the Clarets had no game last weekend and Dyche was appreciative of the break, using the opportunity to take the squad away.

"With an international break you lose a few [players] and you can't take the whole group but we took everyone with us, just for four days. We just wanted to lock in all the good work that is going on at the moment," he added.

"After the run we have confirmed we are in a better place, although there is still work to be done."

Burnley are 50/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League while Spurs, five points off the top, are 20/1 to win the title.

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Dyche seeks Clarets consistency

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says the players have to achieve consistency if they want to stay clear of the bottom three in the Premier League.

The Clarets are undefeated in six league games, having won three in a row at the turn of the year and having drawn their last three.

That run of form has enabled them to keep their heads above water in the relegation fight but only just.

They sit fourth from bottom of the Premier League table, two points clear of Cardiff who are in the final relegation place.

So, while on the back of a good recent run, they cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to stay above the bottom three.

They are away to Brighton on Saturday with Dyche confident they are playing their way out of trouble.

He said at a press conference: "I look (at the table) but I am not staring at it every day because I know we can take care of ourselves and that is what we have to do.

"We have to keep performing at a high level, we have to stay consistent because if we don't then we know from earlier in the season that it doesn't pay you back.

"But our levels are rising all the time now I think."

Burnley are 11/4 to win away on Saturday with Brighton 1/1 and the draw 23/10.

Dyche also told the assembled media that Steven Defour is unlikely to be involved at the Amex Stadium, but both Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are available.

They face a Brighton side struggling for form with just one victory out of their last 10 league games, a run which has left them in mid-table but just five points clear of Cardiff.

Burnley are 15/8 to be relegated at the end of the season while Brighton are 16/1.

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Dyche praises United improvement

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is well aware that his side will face a rejuvenated and in-form Manchester United outfit at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

The Red Devils have won eight games in a row since interim head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, with United now firmly back in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League and still involved in both the Champions League and the FA Cup.

And Dyche has praised Solskjaer for the positive impact he has had on a previously underperforming United squad, telling reporters: "It seems from the outside looking in, it seems like he has just tried to loosen it a little bit and put more freedom on it.

"A bit more energy seems to have come back to the players. I think that's a skill in itself. I think possibly that is what he has done, he has just given a different feel to the group in his own way.

"I think they have responded and they are delivering good performances. It seems a little bit more spark, not massive tactical changes, but just that spark within the group.

"He's changed that feeling in the group coming in and they have responded."

The Clarets are in decent league form themselves, having secured ten points from a possible 12 from their last four games to move out of the relegation places.

United claimed a 2-0 victory when the two sides met at Turf Moor in early September, with Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scoring both goals.

Lukaku is 4/5 to score at any time on Tuesday evening, with the hosts 1/4 to win the game, while a 1-1 draw is available at 12/1.

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