Ward hopes Clarets get back to basics at Hammers

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Clarets defender Stephen Ward believes Burnley have to get back to basics away from home, starting tomorrow night at West Ham.

While Sean Dyche's wide have one of the best home records in the Premier League, 16 of the 17 points they have claimed so far have come at Turf Moor, as well as 14 of their 15 goals.

The Republic of Ireland international feels the side have come away from what they are best at on their travels, and maybe been more open than they have at home.

Ward, who scored the second goal in the 3-2 win against Bournemouth on Saturday, said: "You try putting it out of your mind, and it's nice to go into a game after winning Saturday, there would be even more pressure if we weren't doing what we are at home.

"We've been a real strong outfit at home and we know we're not too far away from home, we have to try and get the performance right, like we do at home, and I'm sure results will come.

"You've got to start with the basics, defend well get a good shape - there's been times away from home we've probably been a bit more expansive than we'd have liked, left too many gaps, so get our shape right and start from there.

"Staying in games is massive, and that's something we probably haven't done well enough away from home."

There has been a big discrepancy between Burnley's form at home and away, and Ward added: "We're really pleased with how we've played at home, there's obviously been a lot spoken about our away form, and that's something we'll look to rectify as soon as possible.

"If we can pick up a few points here and there away from home, it's really going to strengthen our position and give us a real lift off the home form we've been showing.

"We speak about everything, when we win, when we lose, and we're not too pleased with the away form at the minute, it's something we are looking to rectify, we've looked at numerous ways of doing it and spoken as a group.

"We're always confident when we go away, but the manager has said a few times, the one thing we haven't done is give ourselves a chance. We've given ourselves mountains to climb, especially in the Premier League.

"We need to go and hopefully impose our own game on teams, start from the basics and go from there.

"It's hard to pinpoint anything. At home the onus is on us to take the game to teams, the away form, we don't want to get too bogged down with it, we haven't performed as well as we should have, but we know we have the capability and it's about maybe getting that bit of luck and not giving ourselves mountains to climb