Clarets boss eyes top 10 finish in Turf Moor finale
Sean Dyche insists Burnley will be “going strong” to end their season on a high against Ipswich Town at Turf Moor this weekend.
The Clarets are hopeful that Kevin Long will recover from the groin strain sustained in the warm-up at Wolves last week to fill the problem area in central defence, with Michael Duff suspended and David Edgar back in Canada on compassionate leave.
Ben Mee, however, looks likely to miss out against the Tractor Boys.
And Dyche, who has promised to involve several youngsters in the squad for the final league game, explained that victory and a top 10 finish is the aim.
Dyche said: “Kevin and Ben have had a decent week this week and we were hoping they were just blips, particularly Kevin.
“He has done some work on Thursday and so we‘re hoping he will be available. Ben has less of a chance, but if we have to change things we’ll do that accordingly.
Kevin Long: Chance
“As for the youngsters, it’s more a case of them being involved in the squad, the dressing room and the build-up and feeling a part of it.
“There may be a couple who are literally involved on the day and we will hopefully have a couple of fresh faces on the bench, but as regards the starting 11 we want to go strong and win.
“We were hoping to bring this group together and then we would have given a few more a feel of things.
“That hasn’t happened and we’ve had to make sure we get the right results.
“Now we’ve done that, we have one game left so we will let them get a feel for it because that’s an important part of their progress.
“But rest assured we will be going strong because I want us to have the right team ethic, beliefs and outlook going into next season.”
There will be more from Sean Dyche and defender Kevin Long on the official website tomorrow ahead of the closing game of the season on Saturday (12.45pm KO).