Gaffer insists Clarets will field strong side tonight
Sean Dyche insists he will resist the urge to rotate his squad and “go hard” in tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against West Ham United.
The Clarets host the Hammers with a quarter final place at stake in a tie that must be decided on the night.
Dyche, who is without the suspended David Jones, admits he will leave it until the last minute to assess the fitness of injured duo Scott Arfield and Dean Marney.
But the Burnley boss insists he will field the strongest side available to him as the Championship leaders look to record a ninth win in a row in all competitions.
He said: “We tend not to worry about resting players. It’s in our mantra to give everything in every game and we’ve stood by that and will stand by it.
“We tend to work with the group we’ve got and we want them to go hard in every game, so if there are players available, then we will play them.
“We have a couple of possible injuries and Scott (Arfield) and Dean (Marney) will be touch and go due to the quick turnaround, but if not we believe in the group.
“Tonight is a different challenge against Premier League squad. They (West Ham) could probably change their entire side and still be a recognisable team.
“But I am sure our group, whatever team we put out, will deliver a performance and that’s what we are looking for them to.
“It’s a different kind of night for us, but we’re at Turf Moor and we’ve had some good nights here, so a cup night at Turf Moor is good for all, not just the players, but the town and supporters."
Dyche, who celebrates a year in the Turf Moor hot-seat tomorrow, added: “The whole town is feeling good at the moment.
“The football club is a very big part of the town and the team are delivering very good, winning performances.
“The task now is to work hard to try and continue that, but the reality is you can only take things one step at a time.
“We’ve added that clarity to the players’ thinking because there is a lot going on at Burnley Football Club, all of a sudden.
“There’s more attention from the media, for example, but as I said to the players these have nothing to do with what we are actually doing.
“The players will be aware of that hype. It’s a natural by-product of doing well, but I don’t think it’s a major distraction.
“It’s just a part of the job we all love doing and so far there has been a clear focus on the game and that’s how we will continue.”
Kick off at Turf Moor tonight is 7.45pm. And supporters are urged to arrive as early as possible to avoid potential queues at the turnstiles.
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