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27 April 2018

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news, assessed the number of points needed to stay up, reviewed Burnley’s progress so far this season, and spoke about Pascal Gross’s impressive performances to date.

Team News: “There are no new injuries. Davy [Propper] is still out, and this is his last game out through suspension, but a part from that, everybody is fit and available.

“Steve [Sidwell] is the only one that is not fit at this moment; he’ll still be out for a while and there will be some decisions to make on the situation with his back.”

On points needed to stay up: “If I did think of a number, I probably wouldn’t say. It’s certainly good to have the points in the bag and I’d rather be in the position we’re in now rather than to be chasing the teams above us.

“Everyone is aware of the challenge that we have and the magnitude of the games we have, but we’ll go into every game trying to get points and believing that we can get them.

“Until we are in a position where we’re over the line, then of course we can’t rest easily. Our mentality is that we still need points.”

Burnley’s Progress: “I am hugely impressed by the job that Sean has done and by what the club have achieved, particularly after coming straight back up after going down.

“If anything, they are a far better team now than when they came up before and the fact they’re in seventh place is not a coincidence after what we’ve seen from Burnley this season.

"They deserve to be in the position they’re in and at the moment, they’re the seventh best team in the country and that’s a wonderful thing for them to be able to say.

“They’ve developed as a team and there aren’t many teams in this division that will play two up front.

“They know their jobs very well, and if I look at their work on the ball, if anything, it’s improved in a very tough division.

“He [Sean Dyche] has a group of players that are tuned in 100% to the way they play and getting the best out of the way they play. They thoroughly deserve their status at the minute.”

Pascal Gross: “He’s been important for us. The position he plays helps him and helps the team. When we saw him playing before, we could see that he plays in different positions and at Ingolstadt last season, he was predominantly playing on the right-hand side in a 3-4-3 formation.

“He’s such a big runner and is such a hard worker, that number 10 role he does so well allows him to get on the ball a lot. He works very hard for the team.”

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