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Burnley boss Dyche: Hard-working Wood found a home here

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed the form of Kiwi striker Chris Wood ahead of tonight's clash with West Ham.

Wood will go into Monday's match looking to build on a run of six goals in as many games for Burnley, highlighted by his hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Wolves last weekend which took the New Zealand striker to double figures for a fourth consecutive campaign with the Clarets.

The 29-year-old had a string of loan spells earlier in his career but has been able to establish himself as a consistent performer at Turf Moor.

“Woody has found a home here but he worked to make it happen," Dyche said. “He hasn't hoped it will happen, he's worked on his game and his understanding of what we do to make sure this becomes his home."

Burnley struggled for goals early in the season, but the partnership Wood has formed with Matej Vydra in recent weeks has made them a much more consistent scoring threat.

“The game is still the best coach," Dyche said. “We prompt people, of course we do, but we sometimes let them find their own way. Early in the season when we weren't scoring goals we didn't overanalyse their game or pick faults.

“We speak to them to tell them it will come, keep getting in the right areas and it will come. It was almost deloading it, telling them to get into the zone of not overthinking it, to play their natural game and the performances will come.

“They mature as we prompt and push them to mature, but it's always them. It's always the players and they get the credit as they should do."

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