Football: Burnley aiming to keep top-flight status at Middlesbrough's expense

Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds fans after the match.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds fans after the match.PHOTO: REUTERS

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Burnley manager Sean Dyche has driven home the message that there are no easy games in the Premier League, with his team closing in on another season in the top flight ahead of Saturday's trip to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.

Burnley ended a run of seven league games without a win when they beat Stoke 1-0 on Tuesday to move up to 14th place on 35 points, but Dyche warned his team that they were not out of the woods yet.

"The main thing from my point of view as a manager, is you want to keep moving forward, developing the side and the club," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"Now it's about taking on the rest of the challenge, because you get no 'gimmies' in the Premier League. We've got good points on the board, we're in good shape, but we've got to keep taking on the next challenge."

Middlesbrough are second bottom in the standings and have not won a league game this year, but Burnley have not won away from home all season and could be without midfielder Steven Defour who faces a late fitness test.

"We are in good shape with seven to go, both in the way the team are performing and the points on the board, but the next one at Middlesbrough is a big one, and we just keep taking the challenges as they come," Dyche added.

"We don't get ideas above ourselves, we have to work for every single inch of what we get, and we're going to have to continue to do that."