Gaffer seeks Roses double
SEAN Dyche insists Burnley only need to look after number one ahead of Tuesday’s Roses clash with Leeds.
The Clarets’ Championship safety can be virtually guaranteed by completing the double against the Yorkshiremen at Elland Road.
And in a league that remains wholly unpredictable Dyche, who masterminded a 1-0 Turf Moor victory over United in his second game in charge of the Clarets last November, insists he is only concerned with his own team’s performances.
He said: “I think you can describe any game in the Championship, for any team, as tough this season.
“It’s been an amazing season for many reasons and the competition has been fierce and most managers I speak to can’t put their finger on the whys and wherefores of it.
“But it’s important we look after ourselves and that starts at Leeds on Tuesday night.
“We still want to finish the season strong; that’s our intention and main focus.
“The challenge never changes. We want as many wins on the table as we can and we have four big, important games left.
“We are looking forward to them, working hard and looking to earn the right to get all three points.”
Dyche is boosted by the return of on-loan Fulham midfielder Akex Kacaniklic for the cross-Pennine trip.
The Swede the weekend game at Blackpool with a stomach bug that looks likely to keep Joseph Mills sidelined, while Michael Duff is still not available (calf).
Victory at Leeds could lift the Clarets as high as 10th in the Championship table.
And Kieran Trippier admits he too is looking up as Burnley aim to end the season with a flourish.
The clarets defender said: “There are so many good teams and players in this league now, along with the money.
“A lot of good players have dropped down from the Premier League and it’s a strange league too, as anyone can beat anyone.
“But it’s a great league to be in and nothing is sorted yet.
“If we win on Tuesday we will shoot up a few places. The play offs may be out of reach, but we all want to finish as high as possible!”
If you can’t make it to Elland Road, Clarets Player has full commentary from 7.30pm on Tuesday night, with Phil Bird and former Burnley and Leeds striker Ian Thomas-Moore.
And don’t forget our special ticket offer when the Clarets return to Turf Moor this weekend to host Cardiff City.
Season ticket holders can obtain extra tickets for this game in ALL home areas, priced at £10 (adults) and £5 (U16).
General sale tickets are also available for just £10 (adults) and £5 (U16) in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand (lower tier).
Tickets are available in person at the Turf Moor ticket office, in Charter Walk or via the telephone on 0871 221 1914 (option 1).