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Dyche: We Are Capable

21 February 2014

Sean Dyche believes Burnley have already proved they are capable of competing against the Championship’s heavyweights, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Forest.

The Reds arrive at Turf Moor three positions and five points behind the second-placed Clarets in the league table.

Billy Davies’ team have already visited Burnley this season, when a Danny Ings double sent them out of the League Cup last September.

And Dyche looks back on that game as one which showed this weekend’s opposition’s strength in depth, but also the quality of his side.

He said: “You want to beat everyone in the division, but when you play against the teams around you and you deliver good performances, it sends out a different message.

“It shows that you are capable [of competing against them] and we have certainly shown that this season.

“Forest have spent a hell of a lot of money since pre-season and they have brought in some real quality. 

“They are a very big club, considerably backed by their owner. Their manager has been there, seen and done it and he knows there are big expectations at Forest this year.

“I think it is fair to say they have the deepest squad of players in the division. We saw it earlier on in the season when they changed the whole team for the League Cup tie and if you looked at it they still seemed like a pretty handy Championship side! 

“Then, the other night against Leicester, they had seven players in the starting eleven who have played in the Premier League!

“Therefore, we remain aware of the opposition. However, our aim is to be ready to approach the game with the right attitude and deliver a performance that can win.

“We want to keep working hard, beating these teams and progressing on our performance levels because we want to be right up there in the mix as we are now.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s Turf Moor clash, which kick-starts a big few weeks for the Clarets, Dyche  has a full squad at his disposal.

Long-term absentee Ross Wallace came off the bench to set up an equaliser for fellow substitute Keith Treacy away at Bournemouth last weekend.

And while admitting the Scot might not be ready to start a game just yet, Dyche is delighted to have an ever-strong competition for places within the team.

He said: “We are pleased that people have come back fit.

“Ross is still ‘gently-gently’, but he came on and looked to affect the game last week.

“We have made it clear we want that competition, whether that’s cover or challenge, whichever way you look at it.

“Fitness is the key thing and all players certainly look fit and well at the moment.”

Tickets for the game are as follows - 
Adults from £28

Seniors from £17 
U 22’s from £15 
U 18’s from £8 

Tickets can be purchased online from, over the phone 0871 221 1914 or by calling in to the Turf Moor Ticket Office 


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