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Dyche: We Will Be Ready

24 December 2012

Gaffer sounds rallying cry for Boxing Day clash

Sean Dyche wants Burnley to come out fighting and earn their rewards ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Derby County at Turf Moor (3pm KO).

The Clarets start the second half of the season in 14th place with 30 points, sitting seven points off the play off places following four draws in five league games.

But Dyche feels his side’s performances are worthy of around half a dozen more points, which would put his side right in the mid-season shake-up. 

And with four wins in the last five meetings against the Rams – and a first double of the campaign up for grabs – the gaffer believes the festive fixtures can be a springboard for success.

Charlie Austin seals the win at Pride Park earlier this season

He said: “The belief system we are putting in place for the players is there for all to see.

“I have independent people who come and watch us because I value their feedback of them expressing what they think of the team.

“You don’t want to get too carried away with the positives, but it’s fair to say that everyone who comes to watch us gives us plenty.

“They are scratching their heads as we are, but it’s about us finding that clinical edge and making sure games are won.

“We can’t even leave a glimmer and at the moment we are flummoxed that we haven’t got more points.

“I think we are good value for at least another four, maybe six. But our time will come, that’s for sure.”

Dyche has given his players Christmas Day off as the Clarets prepare for the visit of the Rams, who sit in 10th place in the Championship table.

He added: “We have spoken to the players and we have monitors to make sure they are recovering and looking after themselves.

“But we will be ready, make no mistake. I feel for our fans a little bit because they have been exceptional, but they are seeing good performances form a highly motivated group of players.

“It won’t be easy on Boxing Day and Derby are a decent side, make no mistake.

“Personally, I have total respect for (manager) Nigel Clough.

“He is someone who, when I was at Forest as a young man, was unbelievably respectful to everyone there.

“He is at a very big club and he has had to cut his cloth accordingly and be careful with the money, so I have a lot of time for Nigel, just not for 90 minutes on Wednesday!”

Tickets for the Boxing Day game are available from £26 (adults) and fans can pay on the turnstiles on the day (concessions only from the ticket office). The ticket office opens at 10am on Boxing Day. CLICK HERE for online bookings

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