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Dyche: We Are Ready

31 January 2014

Sean Dyche insists Burnley are relishing their status as Championship underdogs.

The Clarets travel to much-fancied QPR on Saturday knowing that victory would allow them lo leapfrog Harry Redknapp’s team and back into second spot.

And ahead of the televised Loftus Road clash Dyche insists all the pressure is on Rangers!

The gaffer said: “We’ve had many big games this year and delivered good performances and we’ll look to do that again away at QPR. 

"It is a big ask because they are a very good side with a very good manager, so we know the task in front of us, but we’ve been up for that task all season and we will be when the whistle blows again.

“We’re certainly hoping to use the underdog status to our advantage. It allows you to play with a freedom and attack and take games on, home and away. 

“We’ve pretty much done that this season and only been beaten three times. That’s a strong marker to have with 27 games gone, so we go there in good spirits and ready for the challenge. 

“There’s a bit of expectation on them (QPR) again now, having just gone back into second spot and being at home. 

“I want us to go there and play with that freedom we’ve shown all season.”

Rangers have crept ahead of the Clarets thanks to four wins in five games, although they will be without leading goalscorer and former Burnley striker Charlie Austin, following a shoulder injury sustained last week.

But Dyche is adamant his side are not about to surrender second spot lightly as they go in search of a league double against the Hoops.

He said: “Harry (Redknapp) has made some noises recently that his team have done ok, but not brilliantly, or running over teams. 

“They have certainly done ok in getting wins on the table. They have good individual, so the challenges are there in front of us.

“But we’re there in third and that’s a fantastic position to be in, with some great performances along the way.

“But we don’t want to settle for that. We want to make sure the team are still driving on and pushing.

“We’re 27 games in and some people suggested we’d go away, but we haven’t!

“We’re still in there, working hard and playing well and fighting for the next three points – and we’ll do that again on Saturday.

“We have had that one-club mentality so far this season, from players through to the fans and we need that to continue, never more than now. 

“With 19 games to go we’ve been forcing it all season and playing some really good football, scoring lots and not conceding too many, so it bodes well. 

“But we’ve got to make sure we go again on Saturday.”

The Clarets could be boosted by the return of winger Ross Wallace, who came through a 90-minute cup Senior Cup game in midweek after spending five month sidelined following knee surgery.

Dyche, who also hoped to have Danny Lafferty (thigh) and Keith Treacy (neck) available for selection, confirmed: “Ross comes back into the thinking squad wise. 

“He has had a really good rehab and he got his 90 minutes the other night. He’s been chomping to get back quicker, but it was a serious knee injury that has now cleared up, so he’s had a good timeline back into action and he’s really on the cusp of it now.”

We will have live commentary of tomorrow’s Loftus Road game on Clarets Player from midday. CLICK HERE for full details.

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