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Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson has admitted that Sean Dyche's dismissal has come as a shock to the Clarets as they fight to preserve their Premier League status with a trip to West Ham United this weekend.
Dyche, the longest serving manager in the English top-flight, was given the boot from Turf Moor after a decade-long stay on Friday, to leave the Lancashire outfit under the joint stewardship of Jackson and captain Ben Mee.
Jackson admits his playing group have been blindsided by the exit of their long-serving supremo, but has vowed that they must all come together now in the final few weeks of the season.
"All I've been asked to do is prepare the lads for the game on Sunday," he stated. "That's the full focus now, making sure the group's ready to go on Sunday.
"For the players, it's come as a shock to them, that's just human nature. But they're an experienced group, they've come together.
"For us now, it's about the whole club coming together - everyone here, the fans, everybody now just bunkering in, taking away the noise and concentrating on what we need to do."
David Moyes meanwhile says his side will not be distracted by their exploits in Europe, after stunning Lyon to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League in midweek.
"There is potential for it, but we plan not to if we can," he added. "The league is really important for us and we have to try to hang in there in the European places if we can.
"All of the other different competitions are important, but not as important as being a Premier League team."
West Ham - Michail Antonio
The striker has scored each of the Hammers' last three Premier League goals against Burnley. However, the Jamaican hasn't scored in any of his last 12 Premier League appearances, his longest drought since a 14-game run between March and November 2018.
Burnley - Dwight McNeil
The Clarets man has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (36). It's the joint-most shots a Burnley player has had in a single Premier League campaign without scoring, level with Lukas Jutkiewicz in 2014-15.
- West Ham have failed to score in five of their last eight Premier League games against Burnley (W3 D1 L4), having found the net in each of their first seven against the Clarets (W5 D1 L1).
- Burnley have won two of their last four Premier League away games against West Ham, as many as they had in their previous 21 league visits to Upton Park/London Stadium (D4 L15).
- West Ham have earned 25 points from their last 27 available in home games against sides in the relegation zone (W8 D1 L0), winning each of the last six in a row. Their last such defeat was against Newcastle in December 2017.
- West Ham have scored in each of their last 17 Premier League home games, with the Hammers last having a longer such run in the top-flight between October 1985 and January 1987 (27 games).
- Burnley have conceded at least twice in each of their last six Premier League matches (14 goals conceded), last having a longer run of conceding 2+ goals in the top-flight from October to December 1960 (10 in a row).
Updated April 16, 2022