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Dyche: We’ll be ready

11 March 2014

Sean Dyche remains confident there will be no hangover for his team ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Birmingham City.

Burnley travel to St Andrew’s just three days after recording their first victory over local rivals Blackburn Rovers in nearly 35 years.

And while the Clarets manager is aware of both the emotional and physical demands of Sunday’s derby fixture, he expects his players to be fully prepared and ready for the next challenge.

He said: “Mentally, the players are all in good shape. They’re buoyant and full of confidence and I’ve also got great belief in the fitness levels of this group.

“They’ll be ready to go hard again at Birmingham and that’s an important factor for us – the will and desire to keep going hard.

“We believe in being limitless and relentless. They’re key phrases I use with the players on a weekly basis.

“Being relentless means that when the next one comes we’re ready to go.

“We’ve shown great signs of that so far, but it is only so far. Beating Blackburn was a fantastic marker that will live with Burnley fans forever and certainly for the next considerable number of years!

“Beyond that, though, we have a professional job to do and that’s to get on with the nex one.”

Dyche named the same starting eleven in every one of the last eight games.

However, the Burnley boss believes the right mentality within the team is epitomised by the whole of his squad.

This was demonstrated at Ewood Park when substitutes Ross Wallace and Ashley Barnes both played a big part in turning the game around in the second half.

And Dyche added: “We like to think the substitutes are important. They know we value the work they do greatly, because often they have to do extra work.

“The team that play on a Saturday might be able to slow down on a Monday, whereas the people that were on the subs bench have to work even harder then.

“I made it clear to them that the design is for them to be ready.

“And I’ve been so delighted with the substitutes this season – not only with the ones I’ve chosen, but also those who don’t get chosen sometimes.

“Our mentality has been to be part of, protect and work with the group. We value it greatly, so that when they’re called upon they’re all ready.”

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