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Dyche: Resources Will Be Tested

20 December 2012

Gaffer has one eye on loan market as January looms

Sean Dyche admits his resources will be tested by the hectic Christmas fixture schedule, which begins at Birmingham City this weekend.


But the Burnley boss insisted he will not be rushing to bolster his squad with reinforcements with the January transfer window looming.


The Clarets face four games in 11 days, starting with the tricky trip to St Andrew’s to face a Blues outfit that has won just once in seven outings.


And Dyche believes opportunities are bound to knock in the coming fortnight for players who have caught his eye.

Kevin Long


The gaffer said: “The games are crunched together somewhat and it’s fair to say opportunities arise at any given moment, as it did for Kevin Long last week.


“Keith Treacy is another who has been working very hard and coming along nicely.


“He has been putting the work in that is required to bring him up to match fitness and he is getting there.


“You never can tell fully until they get a start, but he is certainly improving and there is no doubting his abilities.”


Dyche, who can call on the services of Michael Duff and Chris McCann at Birmingham  following suspensions, added: “At this stage I don’t think we will be doing too much business in January.


“It’s a fluid situation – and it might be different with possible loans - and we are monitoring the market.


“Actual signings, however, I wouldn’t think are that close.


“It doesn’t mean to say we won’t be doing any, but it’s not an immediate thought at this time.”

Keith Treacy


The Clarets could be facing former skipper Steven Caldwell and Wembley hero Wade Elliott at St Andrew’s, where City have won two of their last eight league games.


However, Dyche admits he is expecting a tough encounter against a team with plenty of firepower at opposite number Lee Clark’s disposal.


He said: “Birmingham have a depth of experience in their squad and on paper they are a force to be reckoned with.


“But we are ready to take the game to them and get the result we all want, which is a win.


“It’s a good sign that we are not giving a lot of goals away.


“The real positive is that we continue to create chances and you just believe as long as you do that the goals will come.”

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