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Dyche Vows No Let-Up For Town Clash

25 April 2014

Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists that his promotion-winning team will “go hard” in Saturday’s Turf Moor clash with play-off chasing Ipswich Town (KO 12.15pm). 

The Clarets go into the game safe in the knowledge that promotion back to the Premier League is secured after a four year absence, following victory over Wigan Athletic on Monday.

And although Dyche and his players thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations, the gaffer expects it to be business as usual from his players in the final home game of the season.

“It was fantastic on Monday with the way the game went and the way we performed, the whole thing really - the atmosphere, the fans, my family where there on the pitch - so you couldn’t ask for anymore and it was a fitting way to get the job done,” said Dyche.

“But it’s important that we have our team ready for the Ipswich match and that we go out in the right manner.

“They’ve done it in every game this season and I don’t see why that should change. 

“We’ve kept our integrity all season and we want to keep the integrity of the division.

“I’d expect that of other teams if it was ourselves that needed teams to make sure they’re giving performances, so I certainly expect if of us.”

Dyche added: “I know Big Mick (McCarthy) and Terry Connor there and they’ll have their team ready, make no mistake. 

“They’re driving forward, they want to get into those play-off spots, so it’s important that we’ll be ready for that.

“They’ll come here and want to get involved in a real ding-dong of a game because they want the three points.

“But what Mick will find, and he knows from myself and the way my team go about it, we’ll be ready, we’ll be looking to win again and we’ll be taking that thought into the Reading game as well.

Leicester City’s victory at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night confirmed the Clarets will finish the season in second place.

Following the conclusion of the Ipswich match, the Burnley coaching staff and squad members will be presented with medals and the Championship runners-up trophy.

With another large crowd expected inside Turf Moor, Dyche is hoping to continue the promotion party with three more points.

“We want to go out at home on a win and go down to Reading and win there,” said Dyche. 

“We’ve only lost five games so we’re not looking for that to change. We want to make sure we stay competitive and win football matches.

“It’s been part of our mentality. A couple of our mantras are: go in hard and be relentless. They’re all the things we’ve believed in all season so that shouldn’t change. We want to win the game and we want to win the following one after that.”

With McCarthy’s Ipswich still in with a chance of making the play-offs, Dyche knows the importance of maintaining focus and respecting the other teams in the division.

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