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Dyche Happy To Be Back On Home Turf

14 August 2015

Sean Dyche admitted he is looking forward to the Turf Moor roar as Burnley open their home league campaign against Birmingham City this weekend.

The Clarets look to build on last weekend’s encouraging opening day draw at Leeds in front of the Sky cameras.

And despite exiting the Capital One Cup in midweek, Dyche insists the league is where Burnley’s priorities lie this season.

He said: “We go to win every game, but on reflection I look back to a really good point at Leeds.

“I documented that after the game and I really meant it. I felt it was a really tough game on that given day.

“We performed well and I wasn’t totally disappointed in the performance on Tuesday (at Port Vale).

“We didn’t get the result, but I still felt the team delivered a fair performance. We just didn’t show that cutting edge in the top third, where it’s important.

“But the reality is it’s the league that is vital to us. Everyone knows that.

“I have great value in the cups, but the league is the big thing for us, so it’s important that we turn in a big performance on Saturday to take all three points.”

The gaffer, who welcomes back defender Michael Keane for the Blues’ visit, added: “To get back to the Turf is good, after a while away, and home crowds and home backing are always great to have.

“I’ve grown to know the fans will get right behind us with a real positivity and I don’t see why that would change.

“I think they will be looking forward to seeing the team perform

“Of course, that doesn’t guarantee you anything. You still have to go out and perform, home and away and that’s the key element for me.”

City arrive at Turf Moor buoyed by two wins from their opening league and cup games.

And Dyche believes opposite number Gary Rowett has done well to stabilise the Blues in less than a year in the job, following a turbulent start to last season.

He said: “The manager there did well to go in and calm things when they were having an awkward time.

“He did a good job and he will be put his own feel to the camp now. When you take over you are trying to mould what you have to get you where you need to be.

“In their case, I don’t think they were ever in true trouble, but they were drifting a little, but they secured their Championship place quite easily in the end.

“He will have moulded them now into more of what he wants and they’ve had a decent start and they’re another side to be reckoned with.

“They’ve had their ups and downs, but they’re still a big club and will want to perform well, as we do.”

There is full commentary on Saturday’s game (12.03pm KO) on Clarets Player, as well as immediate reaction. CLICK HERE for details.

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