Hart to Burnley "not rocket science", says Dyche

Rex Christensen
August 19, 2018

Hart kept a clean sheet in Burnley's Premier League draw with Southampton on Saturday, and ahead of the second leg of their Europa League qualifying match against Istanbul Basaksehir, Dyche said: "Given the situation as it came around with the injuries that we had in the goalkeeping department, I can not understand the debate at all". He managed a game in on Monday, he'll get another game the next week and training with the players.

However, Burnley boss Dyche does not expect his side to struggle with the quick turnaround from the Europa League when they face Watford.

"The fitness here is unbelievable".

"Statistically, it has been very high since I have been here, (especially) once I got my own group in the first summer. And if you then add in a bit more know-how, a bit more individual awareness and team awareness of what it means to be in the Premier League, then that bodes well". Dyche has done his best to utilise his squad, making regular changes, and has no worries about fatigue.

Chris Wood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and James Tarkowski are among those expected to return but new signing Matej Vydra is not yet match fit.

Watford are still without injured quartet Gerard Deulofeu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley and Stefano Okaka.

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"The top third is always the hardest, particularly in the Premier League".

Olympiakos, who finished third in the Greek Superleague last season, recorded a 7-1 aggregate win over Swiss side Luzern in the third qualifying round - a 4-0 victory in Greece in the first leg followed by a 3-1 victory in Switzerland on Thursday.

But Cork popped up in the 97th minute to fire in the victor in a match that saw Joe Hart have a superb night in goal in his Turf Moor debut for Burnley.

But his signing is already proving a shrewd one after three successive clean sheets to start his Burnley career.

Watford head coach Javi Gracia may name an unchanged side following last week's impressive win over Brighton. Why would you not want a competitive unit? "They will run hard, they will play hard and they will do what they need to do to try and win a game".

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