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Are Burnley still in danger of the drop?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Apr 2017


Burnley boss Sean Dyche has recently conceded nerves are getting the better of his side during their poor run of form.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted the side are getting nervous following their poor run of form in 2017 which sees them sliding down the table and closer to the Premier League relegation zone.

The Clarets looked home and dry after a bright start to the season, but the newly-promoted outfit are now looking over their shoulders as their points tally slows considerably and the sides below them start making up ground.

Burnley can’t buy a win of late

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side are currently 16th in the Premier League table with 36 points from 34 games this season. The Clarets were ninth in the division with 29 points back in January, but have picked up just seven points from the 11 games that followed which shows a giant dip in form.

Burnley have picked up one league win since the end of January and have struggled in front of goal too – scoring just eight times. Their form in the first few months of the campaign could well be enough to keep them away from the relegation zone, but manager Sean Dyche admits nerves are getting the better of the side.

“There will definitely be nerves. It’s impossible to think there won’t be. But we have been down two Championship campaigns and won them, when there were nerves every game. It’s about the work that you put in and knowing that will pay you back, so long as you deliver.

Burnley are five points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining. One more win would likely be enough to all but confirm their safety. But until it come, the Clarets are still in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle. With 17th-placed Hull City (33 points) and 18th-placed Swansea City (31 points) returning to form recently, the pressure is on Dyche’s men to get a result in their remaining outings.

Burnley’s remaining Premier League games
(29/4/17) Crystal Palace (away)
(6/5/17) West Bromwich Albion (home)
(13/5/17) Bournemouth (away)
(21/5/17) West Ham United (home)

“You have to remember that at the start of the season nobody gave us a chance; pundits, columnists, no-one. Yet here we are with four to go and five points clear of the bottom three. That doesn’t guarantee anything, but it does mean we have been delivering performances to get the points on the board. We have to keep doing that and we have to be backed by the people of Burnley to help us do it,” Dyche added.

Burnley are 25/1 to get relegated from the Premier League this season. Are they in danger?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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