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Dyche: We're Ready!

9 August 2014

Sean Dyche insisted Premier League new boys Burnley are ready to go after they ended pre-season on a high with victory over Hellas Verona.

Goals from in-form striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, Matty Taylor and Ross Wallace saw The Clarets come from behind to make it four wins in six warm-up games.

And after their most impressive performance yet, Dyche insisted the club was ready to welcome the big time back to Turf Moor.

He said: “We’re ready. We’ve had a very good pre-season and we’ve all worked hard and that includes the staff here. There have been a lot of changes here at Turf Moor and a lot of work done and now we want it.

"We want it and we’re ready and thirsty for it, as ever.

“Make no mistake, you still want to get results and those in pre-season have been decent overall, particularly in this latter stage.

“The early part of pre-season there are so many changes and you are trying to make sure everyone is fit.

“In the latter part the team begins to formulate and there are players who we need fit.

“I think we did very well this week in both games and that’s really pleasing because there are good signs about what we are going to be about again.”

Dyche’s side ended their preparations undefeated in back-to-back home games against quality European opposition in La Liga outfit Celta Vigo and Hellas, who finished 10th in Serie A last season

He added: “We wanted a good challenge and we’ve had two good games this week against very good sides.

“There was a different feel to the game today. Most people will know that Italian sides do absorb and play from shape, whereas Celta Vigo were a bit more fluid in the way they went about it.

“They were two different types of challenges and I felt we fared well in both.

“In the first half we were nearly playing well. There were some good pockets of play, but we weren’t at our usual tempo.

“But then, in the second half, after a really poor first minute (conceding the opening goal), we responded immediately and looked much more like ourselves.

“People know from last season that we don’t do disappointment. I tell the players all the time that it’s done and we have to move forward.

“We reflect on games after the event, not during, and in the moment we go hard and are relentless in our thinking.

“Afterwards we can look back at clips and look and learn, so I was pleased with that mentality and that mixture of really good, free-flowing play and very fast football at times led us to be worthy winners.”

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