Date: 14th December 2016 at 6:52am
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Manager Sean Dyche has now held his pre game media meet and greet ahead of the trip to the London Stadium later this evening to face West Ham United.

With a good victory – our fifth at Turf Moor this year – against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in last weekend’s Premier League clash, it’s a challenge of a different sort later tonight as Burnley once again look to address their away form in 2016/17.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media on Tuesday afternoon, the gaffer explained that he already felt the side had begun proving doubters wrong this year with our performances and results but with contrasting home and away form he knew nobody could get carried away yet as there’s plenty of games to play and plenty of improvements that he’s after.

That doesn’t mean however we can’t take the confidence gained so far as with a points return of 17 and sitting in 13th place in the table going into tonight’s match, Burnley are five points ahead of where we were last time we were in the top flight.

‘There`s a long way to go. We`re certainly not over-thinking that. We`re going along steadily. We have certainly proved a few people wrong in this early part of the season. But we know the journey is through a whole season. Don`t get me wrong. It`s there to be recognised. We have certainly had a solid start, particularly at home which is well documented. But it`s so early in the Premier League season. Maybe not in the physical side of things, because we are well into December and coming up to that Christmas period, but there is still a lot of football to be played, so there is no getting too carried away with what we`ve done so far. Equally, we have to find a balance and say it`s been a solid start and that`s what you`d hope for after what we have learned from the last time around.’

In terms of team news for the West Ham challenge, Dyche went on to confirm that wide midfielder and summer signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains out with his injury for our first trip to the former Olympic Stadium.

The Iceland international is recovering well from the hamstring injury he picked up at the end of November and Dyche expects him to rejoin the group for training ‘soon’ but not quite soon enough for tonight’s fixture.

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