SEAN DYCHE wants Burnley to turn Turf Moor back into a ‘happy place’ — after five months without a win.
The Clarets’ home hit the headlines last week, thanks to I’m a Celebrity… star Jordan North.
Traditionally, the stadium has been a fortress for Dyche’s men, with visiting teams usually thinking ‘Get me out of here!’.
But the Lancashire lads have struggled without fans — with their last victory on their own patch a 1-0 win over Watford on June 25.
That will need to change if they are to hang on to their Premier League status and tonight’s clash with Crystal Palace would be a good place to start.
Boss Dyche, 49, said: “Whether there are fans in or not, we have to win games.
“Historically, home form is helpful at any level, not just in the Premier League.
“Most teams have a more productive record at home. Fans probably help but it’s not relevant — I concentrate on the performances.
“We have to build a tempo and put in performances. We can’t just wait for it to happen.
“Certainly by the halfway point, we’ll know what effect the lack of fans is having.
“Hopefully, if the vaccine can be rolled out, in the New Year maybe we’ll get some back in.”
Dyche has met Radio 1 DJ North — who would normally travel from London for every home game — a few times but has not seen much of the reality TV show recently.
North used the phrase “Happy place Turf Moor” to get him through a terrifying Bushtucker trial in a vault full of snakes.
Dyche added: “I’ve watched it in my time, with the kids.
“People were sending me messages on the night and it was all good fun. He seems like a really top lad.
“If this is his special place, then fair play to him. I’ve a couple of my own — which are not Turf Moor.”
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