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Dyche Aims To Foster Winning Habit

9 November 2012

Clarets look to keep Town in trouble with third straight win

Sean Dyche is looking to follow up the Clarets’ ‘really important’ mid-week success with another positive result at Ipswich as he seeks to breed a winning habit at Turf Moor.

The Clarets head to Portman Road on Saturday looking to make it a hat-trick of wins and extend Dyche’s 100 per cent start as Burnley boss.

And Dyche hopes that if it’s another tight game his side can repeat the kind of performance and mental approach that brought them a narrow 1-0 win over Leeds United on Tuesday night.

He said: “The games where you are unfortunate and it’s not your day, you know it’s not your day.

“If you are free flowing and winning 3-0, they take care of themselves.

“It’s the ones like Leeds the other night – they are the important ones over a season and that was a really good victory for us because there was a spell where it could have gone either way.

“I felt our quality would show, which it did with an absolute top-drawer goal, and they are the ones that over a season are really important and that’s one of the big things that I want to instil into the team, to change the balance of those close games in our favour.”

Boss Sean Dyche wants to repeat the mid-week win over Leeds

Burnley have only ever won once at Ipswich but history will not figure in Dyche’s message to his players as they seek to keep the Tractor Boys in trouble at the bottom of the table and extend their worst ever winless run at home.

Saturday’s game will be the first at Portman Road for recently appointed Town boss Mick McCarthy.

Ipswich will also be looking to bounce back from a mid-week mauling at Crystal Palace, where a 5-0 defeat took the edge of the winning start McCarthy enjoyed at Birmingham last weekend.

But Dyche is determined to extend the feel-good factor that his appointment has helped foster in and around the Clarets’ camp.

“They will be smarting from an awkward result for them in the week,” he added.

“We are well aware of that and the players will be aware of that.

“You have to be aware of the opposition but you have to focus on what you do ourselves.

“We are in good form, we have good confidence and there is a good group and a nice feel about it.

“The crowd are joining in with that, which I said was important.

“They were excellent again the other night so we will be prepared on the opposition, but it’s about us and about us going to Ipswich, playing our game and going and grabbing the game.

“I believe in playing to win and the players know that now and we will be going there to play to win.”

Left-back Ben Mee is the Clarets’ only injury concern as he looks to recover from a foot injury sustained against Leeds.

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