SEAN Dyche is prepared for his side to have to dig in again against Fulham tomorrow, if the game is able to go ahead.

There are question marks over the fixture after Fulham’s game at Spurs on Wednesday was called off less than four hours before kick-off because of the number of positive coronavirus tests in the Cottagers’ camp.

Fulham boss Scott Parker was due to return to the dugout that night following a period of self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for Covid-19.

But Fulham said ‘a number’ of players and first team staff had returned positive tests and were self-isolating, while everyone else within the group would be retested immediately to determine whether tomorrow’s game could go ahead.

If it does go ahead, Burnley boss Dyche is expecting another tough encounter as they look to build on the momentum that has led to a five-point cushion above the bottom three.

Beating Fulham would stretch that advantage to eight points, but Dyche said: “I’ve made it clear many times I’m never really overly concerned with tables. The one at the end of the season is the most important.

“It doesn’t actually mean anything until the end of the season.

“We’ve earned the right over the last number of games - possibly crying it in a bit I thought we deserved more at Leeds for different reasons, that might have added another point, possibly three. But I think the return at the moment is very good considering the challenge we’ve had and the ongoing challenge.

“I think we’ve done very well thus far. We have to keep going, keep fighting to win games.

“I thought that was on show (against Sheffield United) for different reasons, the way we saw the game through. That’s an important factor for us in the Premier League. I’ve always said, no matter who you are in the Premier League, or any level of football, when you’re really on your performance level, you win a game and look back on it and think ‘that was a deserved win’ and more come.

"When you’re not they’re the ones that are really important, when you’re not quite on it and the opposition are good. I thought that was the case (on Tuesday). I thought Sheffield United put in a really good performance and we came out of it with a win.”

Regarding Fulham, Dyche added: “Then we go on to the Fulham game and we might have to do that again. They’ve got some quality, they’re working the players hard to get them to perform, we’ve got to find those margins and find those moments and we’ve done that very successfully over a number of seasons but we’ll have to do it again.”

Fulham boss Parker admitted he was unsure if the game would go ahead as the club awaits the outcome of the latest round of Covid tests.

He said: "I don’t know whether the Burnley game is going to get played or not, I’m not sure. We’ve had retesting, we’ve had ongoing testing over the last days.

“What I do know is I’ve got a bunch of players here and we’re preparing as best we can to go up to Burnley and really put in a performance to try and get some points."