Burnley boss relishing derby prospectSean Dyche is backing his Burnley boys to overcome Blackburn’s financial muscle and deliver derby glory.
The Clarets face Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor on Sunday (kick-off 12.30pm) looking to beat their East Lancashire rivals for the first time in 33 years.
Rovers’ relegation from the top flight has pitched the sides together for only the seventh time in a league game since Burnley last won at Ewood Park in April, 1979.
And Dyche is confident the Clarets can close the gap to re-write recent history.
“The expectation is on them at the moment. But when you are an underdog you know what can happen,” said the Burnley boss.
“I have been an underdog many times and come out of it on top. We believe in what we are doing here and we believe at home in a big game like this we can perform to win the game and that’s the main thing, to perform and win a football match.
“In the layman’s eyes Blackburn might look like the bigger concern because of where they just come from and they have got some good players, and that has to be recognised.
“You look at Blackburn who have just come out of the Premier League with, I would say, quite a large budget for the playing staff and the way they go about their business.
“But that goes out of the window. It’s about Burnley Football Club, about our team and about our performance.”
Turf Moor is virtually sold out for the most eagerly awaited game of the season.
And Dyche is desperate to deliver what the supporters want as the Clarets bid for a third win in four home games since the 41-year-old took charge, against a Blackburn side which has just suffered back-to-back home defeats.
He added: “It’s a great game and something to look forward to for the fans the players.
“A full house at the Turf will make it a great feel and it’s what derby games are all about.
“It adds that extra spice and it is different. There’s no two ways about it. It will have a different feel and that’s a great thing as a player and as a staff to be involved in.
“We are both in similar positions in the table. There’s not a lot between the two. They have had a couple of indifferent results.
“We have had a couple of nice results, particularly away from home, taking four points from two games.
“So we are in good shape and that’s what we are really concentrating on, ourselves.
“We go into with a good mentality and a nice solid confidence to what we are doing.
“We will be dominating in the ground in the stands with the vocal support and we want to dominate on the pitch as well.”