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Dyche: Fans Can Be The Spur

3 April 2015

Sean Dyche believes the Turf Moor crowd could be the defining factor in his team’s quest to follow-up their win over Manchester City with another notable scalp.

The Clarets’ fate is in their own hands going into the final eight games of the Premier League season, starting with the visit of Champions League-chasing Spurs on Sunday (1.30pm KO).

Dyche insisted his players are ready for the North London double-header, with third-placed Arsenal visiting Turf Moor next weekend.



And the Burnley boss urged the crowd to repeat the electric atmosphere of three weeks ago and provide the backing for another memorable victory.

He said: “There’s eight games left and we will be playing hard in every one to get the points to remain in the Premier League.

“There’s no slowing down in our belief, so we will be training equally as hard, if not harder on certain days, to be ready for the challenge.

“We have total belief in how the team operate and we have always been honest with the challenge ahead of us.

But we think we are a good side and we had a big win against (Manchester) City, which is fantastic for all.

“That builds belief in the crowd and we want to get the town buzzing again.

“I can never define what makes the atmosphere. Sometimes you just sense it and against City you just sensed it.



“The crowd were massively up for it and we’re going to need that, home and away.

“We need that belief and continued support because I must make it clear I’ve got great admiration for our supporters.

“I asked for them to be positive all season and they have been, so I’m proud of our support base and it must continue because I strongly believe it gives the players the freedom to go and play, no matter what.”

Dyche believes his players are now relishing the challenge of facing the biggest clubs in English, and in some cases world football.

And he urged them to continue playing with the freedom that has seen them defy critics and remain in contention to stay in the top flight.



He added: “We have a healthy group who want to keep playing. The players are in good shape and I think they are enjoying the challenge.

“The mental side of the game is undefinable, but I think our players have adapted to the demands of this league well.

“Earlier in the season it was all new, but as the season has gone on they get more familiar with walking into big, full stadiums and the whole feel of the media scrutiny.

“We have a clarity though and I’m looking for that to carry on in the next few weeks.

"The challenge is quite evident, but the fact we were written off by so many at game 10, compared to where we are now is a marker that we are in there with every chance of doing it.

“The challenge though is not words, it’s getting points on the table.”

There are still tickets available for Sunday’s Turf Moor clash (KO 1.30pm). CLICK HERE for online tickets, or call the ticket office on 0871 221 1914 (opt 1).


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