Sean Dyche previews the weekend trip to Millwall
Sean Dyche insists the Clarets will face a stiff test of their leadership credentials at Millwall this weekend.
The Clarets travel to the Den looking for a fifth successive away victory at a venue where they have won on their last two outings.
And after seeing their 11-match unbeaten run ended by Premier League West Ham at Turf Moor on Tuesday, Dyche is looking to get back to winning ways at his former club.
He said: “There is a tinge of disappointment at losing on Tuesday, but if a result doesn’t go your way there is a way of going about trying to win it and I thought we did that in the right manner.
“I think the fans appreciated that and I also enjoyed that about Tuesday and that will be an important factor going forward.
“Being top of the league is of great value to all of us and I like the feeling around the group at the minute.
“We have to take care of it and safeguard it and the fans have a big part to play, but the players are the catalyst for all that and we are in good shape; probably better than most people thought.
“We have had our best start in history, which is fantastic, but it is still early and we have big challenges to come and great strides to make.”
The Lions have earned draws at home to fancied duo QPR and away at Reading in their last two games, showing further evidence of improving fortunes after a tough start.
And having also defeated Blackpool and Leeds at the Den in a three-match unbeaten home sequence, Dyche insists his side are in for another battle.
He said: “It’s part of the Millwall DNA to make life tough. They had a challenging start that can happen at any given time in a relentless division.
“But they have settled things down, got some good results and a few points on the board, so we are well aware of the opposition.
“But we focus on what we are trying to do. We have been going away from home and giving very good performances and we’ll look to do that again.
“The mentality is improving all the time, as is the physicality in terms of yardage they cover and energy of the team.
“So we are in good shape, but we can’t over-believe in what we are doing. We certainly believe, but we know we are going to have to go hard at Millwall in order to win.”
The Clarets will welcome back David Jones from suspension in London, while Scott Arfield and Dean Marney will undergo late fitness tests.
Keith Treacy serves a one-match suspension following his red card in the dying moments of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash.
And if you can’t make it to the Den, Clarets Player has full match commentary from 2.45pm.
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