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Dyche: We've The Will To Win

7 February 2014

Clarets manager Sean Dyche is out to extend his unbeaten record against former club Millwall this Saturday at Turf Moor (Kick off 3pm).

The former Lions defender has not lost in 13 games against his former club since moving on in 2002.

Dyche’s remarkable record was kept intact when the two sides met at the New Den last November, when the Clarets hauled themselves back from two goals down to earn a precious point.

And after their barnstorming start to the season, Dyche believes that was the day the Clarets rolled up their sleeves and added fight to flair.

Dyche said: “It was one of the rare games in that early season when we didn’t start well. 

“But in the second half we were terrific and I think we’ve shown that determination on a number of occasions since, especially at QPR last week, and it’s been a good marker throughout the season.

“Good organisation, good energy, plus talent can deliver, but sometimes it is just about will and desire.

“There have been a number of occasions this season when we have gripped games when they could have gone away from us, and that’s a really valuable commodity to have.”

Dyche’s hoodoo over the Lions includes 11 wins and two draws, as player, coach or manager.
He said: “I had three good years there and enjoyed my time. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since and my record is pretty strong against them since I left.” 

“It’s a strange one and there’s no rhyme or reason to it. It’s just one of those things.

“I never have that weird feeling about facing an old club and even as a player I didn’t carry that kind of baggage.

“I never look at it with any angle, so there’s really no reason, other than the thirst, the will and the drive to get three points!

“I just hope it continues and we’ll be working hard to do that tomorrow!”

The Clarets go in to the Turf Moor clash in third position in the Championship and knowing victory would lift them to second, as QPR do not play until Monday night’s trip to Derby.

And Dyche is confident his players are up to the task.

He added: “First things first; we have to make sure the troops are prepared and ready, which they will be, and then it’s up to them to go and deliver. 

“The rest will sort itself out. The main thing is to give a good performance and to transmit that into a win.

“We have had a couple of draws, but performed very well and we are right up where everyone wants to be, at the top end.

“We are right in amongst it and we can only concentrate on ourselves and what we are trying to do.”

Danny Lafferty (thigh) and Keith Treacy (neck) are both back in contention for Saturday's game.

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