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Dyche Hull City Preview

24 December 2015

Sean Dyche will allow his players to spend Christmas Day with their families before making an evening trip east to face fourth-placed Hull City on Boxing Day.

The Clarets will convene for a late training session before travelling to Humberside, where they have on their last five visits to the KC Stadium.

Victory at Hull in May, 2015

Boss Dyche explained: “Christmas as a footballer is something you get used to.

“I’ve been in football all my adult life and the only thing we will change is the planning.

“We are away at Hull, so we will give the players Christmas morning and lunch with their families and then we’ll come in and train later in the day, then travel.

“That’s the tough side of it. Where most people will have a Christmas Day at home with their families, we don’t, but it’s a historic day and vital time of the calendar.

“Ian Woan’s dad, who played many years ago tells us about how games were played on Christmas Day, so imagine that! It seems bizarre.”

The Clarets head to the east coast in fine spirits following the- win against Charlton that kick-started Christmas last time out.

Sam Vokes on target v Charlton last weekend

But despite the Clarets excellent record against the Tigers, who they have beaten in nine of the last 10 meetings, the gaffer expects another tough challenge against a team relegated from the Premier League along with Burnley last season.

He said: “A win naturally brings that feel-good factor and the response to the bumpy run we were on was a positive one against Charlton, but there was no relief for me.

“Fans do want to see the team win, but I take a look at the bigger picture and performances have been, on the whole, good.

“The challenge of coming out of the Premier League is the same for both us and Hull and whatever stats or facts you throw at me won’t affect the next one (game).

“I’d imagine there will be a bit of nervousness at their end I think because they have lost three of the “last five, but you can’t guarantee that.

“They are a good group of players with plenty of experience and with an excellent manager, who I like as a bloke.

“Steve Bruce has been very good to me as a young manager and I’ve never forgotten that. He’s very honest and fair in my opinion. He will have his team ready and so will we.

“All we can do is be ready for the challenge - and we will because every game is important.

“Do you think Steve was thinking Hull’s game at Rotherham wasn’t important?

“Of course he was, and he’ll think ours is just as important, so we all take every game seriously, I can assure you.

“We didn’t go into Charlton thinking that was a comfortable win.

“Our key motivation is to be ready for each challenge that comes our way and not think about the divisional status. It’s about keeping the consistency of performances high.”

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