Dyche praises Clarets squad in landmark season

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hile the Clarets continue to clock up various landmarks, boss Sean Dyche has credited this season’s success to the character of his promotion-chasing squad.

After registering the club’s best ever start to a campaign in more than a century - which incorporated a first win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road since 1970 - the club went on to boast the meanest defensive record in the Football League for the 2013 calendar year.

Then, when beating Millwall 3-1 at Turf Moor last weekend, the Clarets broke a post-war record on home soil - when going 19 league games unbeaten - that had stood for over four decades. And the latest achievement was a first win away at Bolton in almost 29 years when Sam Vokes scored just before the hour in the midweek triumph at the Reebok Stadium.

“It’s another marker tonight - I think it’s about 30 years since we beat Bolton away,” said Dyche. “There’s been a few of those this season. We take great pride in that, particularly with it being a club with such a rich history like Burnley.

“The honesty, the integrity, the team belief, all the old-fashioned things I promote, will never go out of fashion for me and I think this squad is a shining example of that. There’s no excuses, no fear, they’re just relentless. They train like that, because you need that at times when it does get on top, and they’ve shown that.

“There’s a good framework to the team. There’s also that belief to get the job done. In that respect, I value this group as high as any other group I’ve been with in football.”

Dyche’s next task will take place at Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium, where Dyche’s predecessor, Eddie Howe, has only witnessed two victories in the Cherries’ previous nine Championship outings on home soil.

“We’d expect them to be another threat,” said Dyche. “They’re pretty much holding their own at least, they’ve had some big results. But we fear no-one, that’s the way we’ve gone about our business this season.

“It’s a tough league, we all know that. We’ve taken nothing for granted this season but it opens your mind if you take away the fear.

“I’ve been in the Championship as a player, a coach, assistant manager and a manager, so I know how tough it is. The players know that as well so there’s a lot of respect from the players going in to whichever game we’re playing.”