Dyche has belief in survival bid

January 04, 2015 16:57:05 UK

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has total belief that his side can survive in the Premier League this season.

As he reflects on the busy Christmas period which saw three Premier League games in just seven days, he said: “I have absolute, total belief in what I do, what my staff do and what the players do.

“The difference this season is purely the level, the teams you are playing, the quality of the teams you are playing, so there has to be balance to that.

“But my belief has been unshakeable since the first ball was kicked. It still is, it will be going forward because I believe in everything we do and I believe in the players and they believe in themselves.”

I have absolute, total belief in what I do, what my staff do and what the players do.

Sean Dyche

His Burnley team secured two valuable points in the recent games, creditable away draws at Newcastle and champions Manchester City.

They came back from two goals down to claim a point at the Etihad and then trailed Newcastle three times at St James’ Park but came back to 3-3 late in the game with an equaliser from George Boyd.

However, in the process, other results have seen Burnley slip back into the relegation zone and they sit second bottom of the Premier League without a win in four games.

They take a week off from league action now to concentrate on the FA Cup and they are at home to fellow Premier League side Tottenham in the third round.

Dyche will have several decisions to make with defenders Jason Shackell, Kevin Long, and Michael Duff and midfielder Dean Marney all likely to miss out.

They are at 4.60 to progress through to the fourth round, Spurs are 1.83 and a draw, meaning a replay at White Hart Lane is 3.75.

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