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Dyche Delight at Barnes Capture

10 January 2014

Sean Dyche wants new signing Ashley Barnes to heap the pressure on his potent strike force as the Clarets look to start the second half of the season with a bang.

The Clarets boss insists that former Brighton striker Barnes is not at Turf Moor to play second fiddle to his 31-goal pairing of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.

Ashley Barnes

Dyche insists he has never worried about one of his two main strikers being injured during the side’s impressive opening half of the campaign, which sees Burnley currently lying second in the table.

But the welcome addition of Barnes, who secured a three-and-a-half year deal on Friday, now means he has the ‘luxury’ of knowing he can mix his front men to keep the Clarets ticking along.

Dyche said: “You want your players to play hard, but not over-thinking what might happen. 

“I don’t think the strikers have done that because the way they have played has been terrific.

“It’s just been well documented that we need support in that area of the pitch, but we also needed that challenge.

“Ashley is a robust, hard working centre forward with an eye for goal and he is someone we have known about and monitored for while now.

“We did our homework and he is definitely someone who wants to work hard to continue as a player.

“I can assure you Ashley is not here just to supplement the group and support the front two, but to make sure we have a real challenge up front.

“I know he is that type of character and he is willing to earn the right to play.

“We see him as a strong players coming in with a will and desire to improve and affect football matches, as strikers do by scoring goals.”

The Clarets head to Yeovil this weekend with injury doubts over Ben Mee (thigh) and Michael Kightly (knee), although defender Michael Duff is likely to return to defence.

And despite sitting 23rd in the Championship, Dyche insists he is taking nothing for granted against the Somerset-based side, with over 1,500 Clarets fans set to back his players on the club’s first ever visit top Huish Park.

Dyche said: “I believe we have good numbers travelling, which is terrific, as it was at Southampton.

“I felt we did the fans there proud, particularly in the second half and building from a good performance against Huddersfield and now we take that into the next one.

“Yeovil are a fair side. They came here to Turf Moor early in the season and worked hard and I am sure they will do that again, make no mistake.

“I have watched a few of their games and we have reports on them. 

“I certainly don’t get the feeling they have downed tools by any means. 

“They are working hard to earn the right to be in this division and have some good players. 

“They have had some tough results, but that can happen in this division and we all know that. 

“So we will be going there ready for a battle.”

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