SEAN Dyche insists Burnley’s thoughts will not be on summer beaches when they head to the seaside this weekend.The Clarets boss has urged his players to ‘go hard’ and end the season as East Lancashire’s top dogs.
And that starts with Saturday’s visit to a Blackpool side still seeking points to ease their fears of slipping into a relegation dogfight.
Dyche insisted: “I’ve made it clear to the players that we want to go hard all the way in.
“We have spoken about it as staff and a group and we want to deliver performances and get wins.
“That includes getting as many points on the board as possible and finishing strongly.
“We want to build on what we are planning in the bigger picture. It’s now just one defeat in seven and we are still over-earning wins.
“But that is a good mentality to have and we need to keep going strong in every game.”
The Clarets head to Bloomfield Road in good heart, having lost just once in seven games.
And Dyche is encouraged by recent performance levels as he casts an eye towards huis summer planning.
He said: “There is a future in good performances. Of course you want wins and you want as many of them as you can, but behind that if the performances are not good and you eke out the wins, it will eventually catch you out.
“You have to bring the performance levels. That doesn’t guarantee you a win, but if they are there consistently then you will win games because you are starting from a good base and heading in the right direction.
“My job is to see through the ups and downs and find out where that level is in order for us to progress.
“There are always challenges in front of you with injuries, suspension and form and that’s where all the things we are trying to do to build this football club - the training, the science, the analysis – all come together.
“You can only control the controllables, so we worry about what we can effect.
“I think we have had to earn everything we have got this season and that’s down to our resolve.”
Saturday’s game is a sell-out for Burnley fans. Clarets Player will have full match commentary from 2.45pm with Phil Bird and Darren Bentley, live online and in App.