Critics answered but Sean Dyche refusing to accept safety yet


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Sean Dyche says Burnley have answered those that have criticised them this season but the Clarets boss refuses to accept his side are safe just yet.

Burnley earned a 2-2 draw with West Brom on Saturday at Turf Moor, coming from behind against the Baggies having led 1-0, with Sam Vokes twice finding the target.

It means they have now hit the much-documented 40-point mark and Burnley are six points clear of the relegation zone with just two games to play.

The club has never before managed to retain its status in the Premier League and while they aren’t mathematically safe just yet, it would require a huge turnaround to condemn them now.

Dyche says everyone involved, himself included, deserves praise for a fine season given they were deemed favourites by most people for an immediate return to the Championship.

“I’m sure there’s a statistician out there who will tell us we are safe, but I prefer not to until it’s definitely done,” said Dyche.

“Everyone recognises 40 points as a strong marker in the Premier League, and it has been less than that [to stay up] in the last ten years or so.

“I am very pleased to reach that mark with two games to go, for a team that was given no chance at the start of the season.

“The team deserves a lot of credit, myself as well. We’ve still got two games to go and we will be working hard to get more points without a shadow of a doubt.”

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