Gaffer on meeting fans' expectations
Sean Dyche insists he will look to meet supporters’ expectations head-on as he seeks home comforts tonight in the televised game against Hull City.
The Clarets can move back to within six points of a play-off spot with a remarkable eighth successive victory against the Tigers.
And Burnley boss Dyche, who could welcome back defenders Ben Mee and Michael Duff, insists his squad are up to the challenge.
Dean Marney on target at Hull this season
Dyche said: “There is a massive expectation here and I am getting to know about that and learn from it.
“The fans govern that expectation and the whys and wherefores. Our responsibility is to maintain and build on performances and look to improve, develop players, win games and do it all the right way.
“There is edginess around at the moment and that is sometimes the way with big expectation.
“Our own expectations are to go hard every game in order to win. We want the fans to travel on that journey with us and we want them on that journey with us.
“We are in 11th place and still probing and challenging the players to do better.
“The more experienced players are coming back to fitness and that adds a change to the look of the team possibly and it bodes well going forward.”
Mee and Duff, who both played in a training game last week, are edging closer to a return to action to strengthen Dyche’s defensive options.
And with winger Ross Wallace and midfielder Dean Marney having an outside chance of inclusion, the Clarets could be back at near full strength for the first time this year.
Dyche, whose side are looking to build on a win and draw in their last two games, added: “Everyone was buzzing because we were keeping clean sheets and now not so because we haven’t scored as freely at the other end!
“It’s about finding that balance. It’s not rocket science: keep it tight and go and score at the other end,
“There are 11 others out there trying to stop you doing that, but you have to find a way and overall we think, after an awkward run, that four points from two games is a good return.
“Now we move forward, build on the clean sheets and obviously we want to be more productive in front of goal.”
City arrive at Turf Moor having conceded four goals in each of their last two away games, at Bolton and Crystal Palace.
However, a victory tonight in front of the Sky cameras would catapult them back into an automatic promotion spot.
Dyche added: “Hull have invested reasonably heavily and they have an experienced and very good manager.
“It’s no major surprise to see them up there, but equally nobody has any given right to be up there.
“The league has settled down over the season and the bigger clubs with big squads and financial power are in and among it.
“That’s how it looks and we are looking to challenge that and go fight beyond our means at that end of the market.”
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