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Burnley enjoy home comforts at Turf Moor

Burnley 1 Southampton 0

By Liam Blackburn

Burnley moved into the Premier League's top 10 with a win over Southampton to leave Sean Dyche crediting his side's approach to their top-flight return.

Twenty-one games into the 2016-17 season, the Clarets are far removed from the trouble at the bottom which many expected them to be mired in, with a 10-point advantage over 18th-placed Hull.

That they are so far clear of danger is a consequence of their form at Turf Moor, where a 1-0 victory over Saints was their eighth home win of the campaign as substitute Joey Barton scored with a late free kick.

Burnley's previous two Premier League tilts have ended in instant demotion so entering the top half of the division in mid-January could be seen as a significant achievement.

"I'm not really too fussed over that," Dyche said of their current league place. "I'm more impressed with the way we're going about it. There's clear development in the group of players; that's pleasing as a manager.

"I always say there's a humbleness about what we do. We're not trying to tell everyone what we are, we just get on with working hard to win games.

"So far it's served us well, but it is so far, we've got a lot of work to do still."

Barton's strike on his Premier League return consigned Saints to a fourth successive loss in the division, dropping them down to 12th and harming their hopes of a top seven finish.

With Charlie Austin injured, it is an area where boss Claude Puel could look to improve before the window closes next month.

"We will see, we will work with the chairman if there's an opportunity to improve the squad," he said.

"For the moment it's important to keep my concentration about this team. It's always difficult after a loss that we didn't deserve."

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