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Dyche: Make Turf A Fortress

16 August 2013

Sean Dyche believes that Turf Moor can become a fortress this season.

The Clarets host newly-promoted Yeovil Town on Saturday as they look to build on an excellent start to the season, following a home draw with Bolton on the opening day and victories away at York and Sheffield Wednesday.

Dyche’s men remain unbeaten in five games on home soil, stretching back to early March when promoted Hull ran out winners.

And while the Burnley boss hopes that such a good run can continue, he feels that a special atmosphere can only help things along.

Dyche said: “In front of your home crowd you want to do well and give them something to cheer about.

“They are an important part of our form at Turf Moor and they have to be behind us.

“If they remain positive with the team, that can only benefit us as it could be an up and down season given the nature of the Championship.

“We don’t intend it to be that way of course as in an ideal world we would win every week!

“But your home form is a massive factor as you have an advantage. You look across the divisions worldwide and home teams, usually, not always, have a better record than they do away.”

Burnley face a tough test against the Glovers – and having seen them clock up an early away win at his former club Millwall, Dyche says he is more than aware of the quality Gary Johnson’s team possess.

“We’ve had a look at them and we’re confident we know what they’re about,” he added.

“It may be their first time at this level but they have earned the right to be here and they’ve done a great job.

“Now they’ll have the energy, will and desire to do a good job in the Championship. That will be their intention and we have to be ready for it.

“They have some good players, they’ve brought a few in on loan but it mainly comes down to what we do.

“We’ve been going about our business in the right fashion so we’ll be looking to do that again tomorrow.”

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The Clarets have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s game (3pm KO) but the game is expected to come too soon for Michael Duff who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Dyche has also allowed Joseph Mills to go out on a 28-day loan to Oldham Athletic in search of regular first-team games, following on from last week’s move to Leyton Orient for midfielder Marvin Bartley.


But Dyche insists he remains in firm touch with his players’ progress while away from Turf Moor.

He said: “We keep in touch with them to check how they’re getting along and that they’re enjoying it.

“Our coaches will speak to their staff to see how they are getting along as well, so it’s certainly not a case of out of sight out of mind.”

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s game, from just £1 for kids in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand upper tier and from just £24 for adults. CLICK HERE for details.

Story by David Hynds

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