Burnley boss bids to foil old club again
Sean Dyche is out to extend his winning run at Millwall when he returns to the Lions’ Den on Saturday.
The Burnley boss spent three seasons as a Millwall player, helping the London club to promotion to the Championship as League One champions in 2001 and then to a place in the promotion play-offs 12 months later.
And since leaving the Lions in 2002, his success at the Den has continued when re-visiting as a player with Watford and Northampton Town and then, more recently, as part of Watford’s management team.
“I had a really good time there,” said Dyche, who was on the Watford bench when the Hornets won 6-1 at Millwall in September, 2010.
“I had three really productive years for myself, individually, for the team at the time and for the club in general.
“I had an unfortunate first year with an injury but then came back from that and the crowd was very good with me, they let me find my feet and helped me come back from it properly.
“I was thankful for that and then had a good time, got promoted and missed out on the big one to the Premier League in the play-offs.
“Someone told me this week that since I left I think I have drawn one and won nine or ten.
“I knew I had a decent record going back there but I didn’t know that. Long may that continue.”
Sean Dyche has enjoyed great success at the Den
Dyche claims no secret formula to winning at Millwall but admits being prepared for what to face back in South Bermondsey can only help.
He added: “I don’t why. Why is it we never seem to get a result at Barnsley, as people kept telling me? What’s that all about?
“You can’t quite define it. Obviously I got a slight insight into what it’s like to play there and I make sure the players understand it.
“You aren’t going to go there and get a comfortable afternoon.
“I just hope it continues and I will be working hard with the team to make sure it continues.”
The current Millwall side is flourishing under long-serving boss Kenny Jackett and hasn’t lost at home since September.
They are currently seventh in the table, two points better off than the Clarets.
But Dyche is looking to wipe out that deficit to keep the Clarets climbing towards the top six after three wins in their last four League games.
“They had such a really strong early season. Kenny and his staff and the players have done a really good job for the club, people I like and respect there,” he said.
“The on-going challenge of staying up there all season can be difficult. Like ourselves they don’t have constant riches to go back to.
“They have to use the market wisely and use the players they have got wisely.
“They want to stay in there of course and we want to keep pushing into there, in that top end of the league.”
MILLWALL will hold a precautionary pitch inspection at 9am on Saturday morning. The pitch has undersoil heating but forecast snow means the referee will check on conditions.
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