Date: 17th December 2016 at 1:05am
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Manager Sean Dyche has spoken of the bigger picture when it comes to Burnley away record this season ahead of the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

With only one point won away from home on our travels so far in 2016/17 obviously the record is creating headlines of its own, but Dyche says the best time to judge the away record will be at the end of the season.

For him, he’s just focusing on each game as it comes up.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference on Friday afternoon, the gaffer explained.

‘We`ll approach the Spurs game in the same way and that`s to give a performance. We did that in the second half at West Ham but not the first half and that`s something we`ve got to change. It has been a tough balance to find, but it`s our job to find that balance and look to take our good performances away.’

Dyche went on to say.

‘It is tough away from home in the Premier League though. People will forget we won early on in the last Premier League season at Stoke, where we hung on with our fingers, then we didn`t win again until later on in the season. But it`s the season that counts and if we got three wins away from home this season we`d still be in great shape, so we have to be realistic about the challenge, but look at what we are doing in order to take that challenge on.’

As for Tottenham Hotspur more specifically and Mauricio Pochettino, Dyche was full of praise for how tough they are and he knew it would be another good test for us.

‘It`s tough though, especially when you go to clubs like Tottenham, where Mauricio and his players have done a brilliant job. They are a force to be reckoned with this season, without a shadow of a doubt, I think.’

In terms of team news ahead of the game, Dyche confirmed that Icelandic international midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson would undergo a late test to see if he came back into contention, but ultimately whoever is selected has to put in a performance.

‘We`ve got to take care of business ourselves and take responsibility for our performances and that`s what we`ll do. It`s a tough one for us because in the grand scheme of things most people would be pleasantly surprised by where we are in the league at the moment. I think we have exceeded everyone else`s expectations, but not so much our fans and certainly not myself, those of my staff and my team.’

He added.

‘I think from the outside looking in it`s well documented that nobody fancied us to have a chance of being in this division, then to continue there. Overall, I think we are giving a good account of ourselves, and the stats suggest the away results will come towards you, but we have to make them come towards us because it`s improbable that you won`t win away. You usually find a way of winning at some point, but we have to make sure, rather than just waiting for that to occur.’

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