Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists his side are back to their best after coming through a tough spell in the Premier League. The Clarets started the season with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League but they failed to reach the group stages last summer.
Dyche’s job then came under scrutiny after a slow start to the season but they have since gone on a seven-match unbeaten run in the top flight.
That has allowed them to climb out of the relegation zone and Dyche’s troops are now 15th in the table ahead of next week’s meeting with Tottenham.
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Dyche admits his squad have been tested but he is confident they have now found their best form heading into the last three months of the season.
He told the Burnley Express: “We’ve had to fight for everything we’ve got and we’ll continue to do so. Last year was different, everyone knows that. “Historically there’s fighting to stay in the Premier League or get out of the Championship. They’ve got a strong jaw and I think that’s coming back to how we play with the energy and belief. “The honesty of the group I admire, the work ethic in training and in games. The team will give everything to try and win, we’re back to that. “It needs safeguarding – it can’t be taken for granted, it’s the Premier League, it’s tough. We’ve had a great run and we’ve got to continue it.”