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Dyche: Ready To Go

14 March 2014

Sean Dyche expects yet another difficult challenge when Leeds United pay visit to Turf Moor tomorrow afternoon.

Burnley face their third league game in just six days having picked up four points from two away trips to Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

The Clarets are back at home on Saturday taking on a Leeds side that have found themselves on the receiving end of two heavy defeats at the hands of Bolton Wanderers and Reading at Elland Road in their last two matches.

The two results have seen the Yorkshire club drop down to 15th place in the Championship table.

However, this is exactly why the Burnley manager believes tomorrow’s visitors might pose an even more serious threat.

He told his pre-match press conference yesterday: “They can be a wounded animal at the minute. You can’t define that.

“They’ve had a couple of indifferent results that they wouldn’t have been happy with. I’ve seen [both those games], actually, but they’ve got more to offer.

“I know their squad, manager and coach Nigel Gibbs – all good people who work very hard. It is Leeds United and, let’s make no mistake, if you look on paper, they have a fair squad.

“As ever, we don’t take anything for granted. We have to be right on top of our game and certainly at our best performance levels.

“We made it clear that we’re ready to go every week and we will be again when the whistle blows.”

The Clarets have this week completed a full calendar year without a home league defeat – since promotion-bound Hull City ran out 1-0 winners at Turf Moor on 11 March 2013.

In fact, Chelsea remain the only other team unbeaten on their home soil in all four professional divisions of English football this season.

And Dyche has once again reiterated the importance of the support from the Burnley crowd as his side look to extend the 21-game sequence ahead of another big occasion at Turf Moor.

He added: “It is a great value to the place.

“I think there will be even more home fans [on Saturday] and that can only bode well for the club, both on and off the pitch.

“It is important and I’ve mentioned it many times: the club is there for the community and the community is there for the club.

“This is the thinking here and I’ve learned not only to value, but become accustomed to the care and attention from both parties since I’ve been here.

“And never more so than when we’re winning and doing well, of course!

“We really value it and we want people in the building. We want them to make a lot of noise and get behind the team.

“It is really important that they support us as they have done.”

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