Gaffer looks forward to Bristol City game
SEAN Dyche believes a sense of injustice will galvanise the Clarets for their Championship run-in.
The Clarets go into Saturday’s Turf Moor game against Bristol City (3pm KO) seeking to extend their run of just one defeat in six games.
Burnley’s points tally is just two short of the same stage last season, with last minute goals – the latest coming in last Monday’s game v Nottingham Forest - costing them dear and putting paid to all play off hopes.
But Dyche believes a team performance tomorrow will bring about the result the Clarets’ crave and can provide the catalyst for a positive end to the campaign.
The Burnley boss said: “I think it really is the maddest division in years, everyone knows that.
“I did think it would be, once the ups and downs of last season were adjusted.
“At the end of the day we’re currently thirteenth, it’s just that the gap is tighter.
“We are only two points behind last year’s total at this stage for Burnley Football Club, which in light of the things that have gone against us that are out of hands is, I think, reasonable.
“I think it galvanises the group when there are things that are out of your hands that effect games.
"It also galvanises the fans when they witness certain things that they are surprised at and I think it brings them together.
“I understand that we are the team fighting for the club and we want to play well for the club and the pride in the shirt is quite evident.
Some of that has been effected by things that are out of our hands, and that’s disappointing but it happens.
“But I think that only galvanises us and that’s an important factor for us moving forward.”
City arrive at Turf Moor having taken just one point on their travels in 2013 and on the back of a 1-1 home draw to Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday.
Sitting seven points from safety, however, means only a victory at Turf Moor is likely to enhance their survival hopes.
And Dyche is hoping the Clarets can find the right blend to extend City’s travel sickness and boost their own disappointing home form.
He added: “You can’t take anything for granted, be it a pre-season game behind closed doors, a friendly or a cup game.
“We prepare properly and just because this is Bristol City doesn’t mean we just turn up and win.
“We have to earn it by preparing properly and be mentally and physically right to give a performance that can see us through.
“That’s the plan! It’s not quite that easy because there are 11 others out there are trying to stop you, but the plan is to keep the performance level, build on it, improve it and it basically comes down to keeping them out at one end and putting them in at the other.
“We have been good at stopping them. We still need more going in!
“It really is finding that blend. There have been pockets of finding it and then we haven’t found it as easy, but there are good signs and we have to build on those good signs.
“We’ve only lost one in six we now and that’s a good thing.
“It’s the most amazing fact that every single club has something to play for, one way or another.
“Even above us clubs have work to do and that makes it exciting and a great challenge to keep going.”
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