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Dyche On Preston Clash

4 December 2015

Sean Dyche is urging his players to get back to winning ways in Saturday’s big Lancashire derby against Preston North End.

Burnley have drawn the last three Championship games, the latest coming with a magnificent fightback against Cardiff in the Welsh capital.

All smiles at Cardiff

And Clarets boss Dyche knows he will be in for a battle on Saturday, as he looks to remain unbeaten for the 10th match in a row.

Dyche said: “After drawing three in a row of course it’s important to get back to winning ways, it’s always important to get back to winning ways.

“The fact it’s a derby is irrelevant in my way of thinking. It’s more about winning the game.”

The 125th league meeting of the two old rivals will be the first between the sides since 2011, when the Clarets won 2-1 at Deepdale, following a thrilling 4-3 win at Turf Moor earlier in that campaign.

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Simon Grayson has since achieved his fourth promotion to the Championship, this time with North End last summer.

And Dyche is full of admiration for the job Grayson has done in nearly three years at Deepdale.

He stated: “Simon’s done a great job at Preston and I like him. He`s done a good job at all the clubs he’s been at actually and been successful at them.

“He`s looking to do that now again. He obviously has the promotion last season and they’re looking to take that into the Championship season.

“So again it’s not just a derby, it’s another challenging match. It might seem like I say that every week but that’s because in the Championship, every match is a challenge!”

After returning to the second tier Preston currently sit 18th in the league, albeit having only lost twice in the last 10 matches.

Dyche added: “They had a mixed start, but they’ve slowly settled into some kind of a pattern and a rhythm and they’ve had some good results.

“The challenge of the Championship is tougher than League One and not just the financial side of it because there are some powerful clubs in the Championship, but also the technical and tactical side of it.

“Players are playing at a slightly higher level for a reason and that’s usually because there slightly higher quality of players. They will know that, but they have a reasonably experienced side.

“It makes for another good game and another important game. That’s the case every week but that’s because that’s how we view each game; you have to earn the right and every game means something.”

If you can’t make it to Turf Moor for the big derby, Clarets Player HD will bring you full 90-minute commentary from 2.45pm. CLICK HERE for details.

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