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A Chance To Shine

21 March 2014

Sean Dyche believes recent injuries in the Burnley squad will give other players a chance to stand up and be counted ahead of the final ten games of the season.

The Clarets take on Charlton Athletic at the Valley on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games.

One player they will be without for the trip to South London is 25-goal Danny Ings.

The Championship Player of the Year is still recovering from an ankle sprain sustained in the 3-3 draw to Birmingham over a week ago.

However, just as they did last week against Leeds United, the gaffer is confident his players will rise to the challenge in the absence of their leading goalscorer.

Dyche said: “It’s a great opportunity for other people to affect what is going on, affect the team and affect results.

“No matter how those chances come along, whether through injury, suspension or a change of form, or tactics, it’s designed for people to come and deliver.”

Clarets full-back Kieran Trippier is also facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s game, with new signing Chris Baird waiting in the wings should he be called upon.

Dyche explained: “Kieran’s got a mild hamstring injury which we’re getting on top of now. 

“It’s touch and go whether he’ll come through it, so we’ll have to monitor that over the next few days. 

“We have to careful with those injuries though, as we do have a small squad.

“We want our big players playing. But we feel like we’ve got a number of good players who are willing to work hard and deliver good performances.

“It is what it is, but we look for the group to continue the good form that we’re on.”

Scott Arfield fires the winner v Leeds

The Clarets, who have enjoyed some confidence-boosting wins against promotion rivals in recent weeks, take on a Charlton side who are battling at the bottom.

The Addicks, under new coach Jose Riga, will be looking to pick up valuable points to avoid the drop and add to their recent upturn in form.

Dyche said: “It’s a different kind of challenge. To be honest though if you take out all the inference, the opinions and the noise it is just another game, so when the whistle blows you’ve got to deliver.

“All I know is that our players are going to be ready to deliver a performance because that’s what we have done all season. 

“And when we’ve done it well, we’ve got what we wanted, which is wins, of course.

“We’ve got another ten games to go, they’re all important but we can only take it one game at a time, which has remained our focus all season and still will!

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