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Dyche: Be The Man!

25 March 2014

Sean Dyche has urged all of his players to be the ‘man to make the difference’ during the Clarets’ end of season run-in.

Burnley welcome Doncaster to Turf Moor on Tuesday night on the back of a 15-game unbeaten league run that has seen goals spread around the side.

Injured top scorer Danny Ings and strike partner Sam Vokes have scored just three of the Clarets' last 12 strikes.

Despite the prolific duo already smashing through the 20-goal milestone this season, goals have flooded in from all areas, with NINE different players on target in March alone!

And manager Dyche is adamant the spread of goals around the team is down to his side’s mentality and belief that anyone can be the difference-maker.

He said: “I have been pleased with the goals coming from all areas of the pitch and that is credit to the mentality of the team.

“I always say to the players: be the man that makes the difference!

“That can come in many ways, be it the ‘keeper making a save, a defender making a big tackle or, of course, it can come with a goal.

“They’ve got the freedom to score goals and I’m never going to berate anyone for missing a chance.

“The group mentality is key and everyone can make a difference.

“I always believed that as a player and I believe it now as a manager.”

Championship Player Of The Year Ings and right-back Kieran Trippier remain on the sidelines ahead of Tuesday’s home clash with Rovers; offering the chance for other squad members to enter the starting 11.

And Dyche believes his squad can continue their form, which has seen the Clarets win their last four home games, even in the absence of top players.

He said: “Of course we don’t want injuries but we are a collective.

“The group mentality and group focus is the key.

“The team’s mentality, tactical understanding, belief, energy and of course quality means we can still be productive.

“People were worried last season when Charlie Austin went down injured and we actually ended up taking more points without him in that period.

“All the injuries are challenges but it is also a great opportunity for players.

“Some players have been waiting for the opportunities to come in and say I want to be a part of this and help the team.”

Another player to catch the eye since being handed his big chance is Ashley Barnes.

The former Brighton forward made his first start against Leeds and followed it up with his first goal for the club at Charlton last weekend.

And Dyche was keen to praise the attitude of the striker who had been limited to substitute appearances prior to the victory over Leeds.

He stated: “I’m delighted for Ash - he wanted to come in and make a difference.

“He worked ever so hard against Leeds and got stronger and stronger as the game went on.

“I thought Saturday he always looked a threat.

“He got himself in the right areas at the right time and could have had a brace but the keeper made a big save.” 

Doncaster visit Turf Moor having won three of their last four fixtures; giving the Yorkshire team an eight-point cushion to the relegation zone.

Dyche added: “Doncaster have had a few nice results and will be coming away to us wanting to do something.

“We are aware of the opposition but we know that when the whistle blows we will be ready, as we have been all season.

“We have to be relentless in our thinking once again and the players will be ready on Tuesday.”

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