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Sean Dyche thinks Burnley can continue to stay clear of relegation zone

Sean Dyche is confident his side can continue to confound the critics over the second half of the season to maintain their place in the Premier League as they target an improved away performance at Tottenham.

The Clarets sit in 13th place, five points clear of the relegation zone, following their return to the top flight after one campaign back in the Sky Bet Championship.

While Dyche's side have picked up five wins at Turf Moor, including victories over both Liverpool and Everton, it has been a different story away from home in the league - they have managed just one draw and suffered six defeats.

Dyche believes the balance of form will come as his side continue to grow into life back among the elite.

"It is a tough one for us because in the grand scheme of things most people would be pleasantly surprised by where we are in the league at the moment," Dyche told a press conference.

"I think we have exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not so much our fans and certainly not myself, those of my staff and my team.

"I think from the outside looking in it is well documented that nobody fancied us to have a chance of being in this division, then to continue there.

"Overall, I think we are giving a good account of ourselves, and the stats suggest the away results will come towards you, but we have to make them come towards us because it's improbable that you won't win away.

"You usually find a way of winning at some point, but we have to make sure, rather than just waiting for that to occur."

Dyche will approach Sunday's match at Tottenham, who are fifth, in the same manner as their other away games, having collected a creditable goalless draw from Old Trafford at the end of October.

"It has been a tough balance to find, but it's our job to find that balance and look to take our good performances away," said Dyche, whose men went down 1-0 at West Ham on Wednesday night.

"It is tough away from home in the Premier League though.

"People will forget we won early on in the last Premier League season at Stoke, where we hung on with our fingers, then we didn't win again until later on in the season.

"But it's the season that counts and if we got three wins away from home this season we'd still be in great shape, so we have to be realistic about the challenge, but look at what we are doing in order to take that challenge on."

Dyche added: "It is tough especially when you go to clubs like Tottenham, where Mauricio (Pochettino) and his players have done a brilliant job.

"They are a force to be reckoned with this season, without a shadow of a doubt."

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