Boss wants players to respond to derby crowdSean Dyche wants his players to revel in the derby atmosphere when the Clarets take on Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor on Sunday.
The game – which is not being televised – is close to being a sell-out with only a few hundred tickets left for home fans.
That will guarantee a cauldron of noise as the two Lancashire rivals meet in a League game for only the third time in 11 years.
And Dyche hopes that will spur his players on as they bid to add to the four points taken from their last two away games and go above Blackburn in the Championship table with a first win over their neighbours for 33 years.
“You want players to experience big match atmospheres and grow with Burnley Football Club,” said the Clarets’ boss.
“It’s a big game and we want the players to have that experience and to learn from that experience.
“If you are a player and you want to go higher, firstly of course with Burnley and then possibly beyond that at some point, you have to get used to that.
“You can imagine being a big player at a big club then every game is a big game.
“So it’s important that the players learn from experiences like the other night at Barnsley, when we didn’t play our best but still got a point, and then take it into a performance on Sunday for what is an important game and one for everyone concerned with Burnley Football Club.”
The Clarets have just five survivors from the squad that suffered a double defeat to Blackburn in their 2009/10 Premier League campaign as they look to hand Rovers a third successive defeat.
And Sunday’s renewal will, of course, also be new territory for an excited Dyche.
“Enough people can’t wait to tell me about it. I’m looking forward to it. Why wouldn’t you?” he added.
“Everyone has told me that our record isn’t good. That’s the starting point, but is it relevant? We’ll have to wait and see on Sunday.”