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Dyche: We'll Go To Win It

3 January 2014

Sean Dyche insists Burnley are out to cause an FA Cup upset at Southampton this weekend.

The Clarets boss has a number of injury concerns ahead of the third round tie, following a hectic spell over the Christmas and New Year period.

But the Burnley manager declared he will not rest players as he looks to start a cup campaign and keep the season alive on two fronts.

Dyche said: “The FA Cup is a great competition and we will certainly go there as well equipped as we can. 

“We have had a couple of knocks and we’re hoping they are not too serious with regards to our league campaign, but they might have to miss out this weekend, which is unfortunate.

“Ben Mee is obviously a concern and a doubt, Michael Duff has had a few knocks, so we will see how he is and Dean Marney has come out of a number of thigh issues, so we have to be careful with him.

“But I want us to go there as strong as we can and we will not be resting people, that’s for sure. 

“If people are available, they will play, but we’ve a few knocks from the accumulation of games over the Christmas period and, as everyone knows we carry a small squad and we have to be wary of that.

“But if we have people available, we will be going hard because it’s a great competition and who knows what the cup can throw up.”

Dyche, whose side sit second in the Championship at the start of a new year following a magnificent first half of the season, added: “Obviously we go there as underdogs against a strong, athletic side full of energy and quality.

“But it will be an enjoyable occasion for us and a break from the league campaign and a chance for the players to go and experience playing against a Premier League side.

“Southampton have hit a bit of a funny patch by their standards, never more so than at home, where they have lost a few.

“We are going well and we have earned the accolades, but it’s not that simple and we know we have to go there and compete with a very, very good side.”

Clarets Player will have live commentary of the FA Cup third round tie from 2.45pm from St Mary’s, with Phil Bird and Darren Bentley
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