No complacency for Dyche
Sean Dyche feels they are reaping the rewards as Burnley's purple patch continues and insists complacency will not set in.
The Clarets were thumped 5-1 by Everton at Turf Moor on Boxing Day but have collected five wins and three draws in their eight Premier League fixtures since then.
An upturn in results has carried them out of the relegation zone and six points clear ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Newcastle.
Dyche has hailed the resolve of his side after they extended their unbeaten start to the calendar year in the top flight by overcoming title challengers Tottenham at the weekend.
The Burnley manager said: "The good side of having a tough first half is we certainly never take anything for granted.
"We know every year is a challenge for us in the Premier League. It's a top, top division and very, very tough, they've always seen that challenge.
"I think now they're getting their rewards for their hard work, there's no reason to knock off from that.
"We've earned it. They're not lucky wins - you'd take a lucky win - but there have not been lucky wins, they've earned the wins, and they've earned the performances and I think they'll continue to do so.
"That is the challenge and that is the demand we'll be putting on them but I think there is a healthy demand on each other to continue pushing the standard and pushing the performances."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.