Sean Dyche hinted at changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup first round tie at Port Vale.
The Clarets boss insisted he was taking the competition seriously, despite the priority this season being the Championship.
And Dyche insists he could look to give more game time to experienced members of his squad at Vale Park tonight (7.45pm KO).
He said: “We know where our bread and butter this season and that’s the league, but I always make it clear we want to win as many games as we can, whatever competition comes around.
“I really don’t think people downgrade the cup. People just carry bigger squads now with better depth and experience. We have built that ourselves over time.
“Two years ago we couldn’t afford to do that; we just put out the strongest team because that’s what we had.
“Obviously we have had a few injuries this pre-season, so we need to monitor those wisely.
“We had three young lads in Brad Jackson, Tom Anderson and Cameron Dummigan with us last Saturday (at Leeds) and that is good, in a way, but we have gone from a deep squad to a position where we are having to protect a few, so there might be some changes.
“There will be some renewed game time for those who we feel need it, but we will still take it (the game) seriously.”
Dyche added: “‘Strong’ now has a different meaning for us. Even with the injuries we’ve got, we have players on the bench like Stephen Ward, who was a sub on Saturday and yet he’s an international footballer.
“There’s obviously Sam Vokes and Marvin Sordell who came on and affected the (Leeds) game and then there’s matt Taylor and Matt Gilks. We have some strength and some experience there now, so it’s important that we use the squad wisely.”
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