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    Sean Dyche: 'Joe Hart has risen to Burnley challenge'


    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to the challenge of once again establishing himself as a first-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League.

    The former England No 1 joined the Clarets in the summer following 12 years at Manchester City, the final two of which were spent out on loan.

    Hart spent a year in Serie A with Torino before a frustrating spell at West Ham United last season, which led to him losing his place in the England squad for the World Cup.

    However, the 31-year-old has bounced back at Burnley this campaign, playing in all of their Premier League matches to date, and was named man of the match in their 2-1 win against Cardiff City on Sunday.

    "When I spoke to him coming in he was free to play," Dyche told Sky Sports.

    "He had a start with the injuries [to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton] but I told him there was a big demand here with the group of goalkeepers we've got. He's risen to that, but then he's a quality goalkeeper.

    "Joe needed a base again, he's been on loan and it's a different challenge. The one thing he didn't come for was the money, 100 per cent.

    "He wanted to play and test himself, he knew it wouldn't be a walk in the park. He's taken on that challenge and enjoyed it."

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