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Dyche aims for derby double

8 February 2013

Clarets look to stay pride of Lancashire

Sean Dyche will ignore Bolton’s plight near the foot of the Championship as the Clarets look to extend their unbeaten derby run and complete a double over the Trotters at the Reebok Stadium.

Burnley beat Bolton on the opening day of the Championship campaign when Owen Coyle’s side was put to the sword in a 2-0 defeat.

Both clubs will have different managers in the dug-out tomorrow but Dyche is looking for a similar outcome against Dougie Freedman’s men, who are just two places and three points above the drop-zone.

“Anyone home and away, no matter who you are beating, is a good thing to do,” said the Burnley boss.

“It’s a very difficult thing to do over a season, to win home and away.

“They are having their own challenges at the moment in getting points on the board but you can’t take teams like that lightly.

“We don’t take anyone lightly but certainly not a team that’s down the road with that derby feel and the players they’ve got.

“But we do focus on ourselves and we are confident about what we are doing here. It’s important the players go there with confidence and that’s what we will do.”

The Clarets are looking to add to their opening day win

As well as beating Bolton, the Clarets have also taken three points off Blackpool and shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers in their derby duels so far this season.

Saturday’s trip to the Reebok – where Burnley will be backed by a sell-out away following of 3,500 – will represent the first away test against the trio but Dyche is backing his players to rise to the occasion against a club which spent more than a decade in the top flight before last season’s relegation.

He added: “They are a big club in their own right. They have just come out of the Premier League and have some good players and a very big squad.

“But it’s not about the playing the names, it’s about playing the team and we will be ready to do that.

“We are going along pretty well. We are feeling confident and we want more.

“We are looking forward to it. The lads are in good shape.”

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