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Dyche on QPR Test

11 December 2015

Sean Dyche believes any question marks over the Clarets recent form are testament to how powerful the club have become in the Championship.

Defeat in the Lancashire derby last weekend against Preston North End brought a nine-game unbeaten run to an end.

But as his side look to bounce back against QPR this weekend, as they often have done in the past, Dyche is happy with the way the season is progressing.

“If you put a few draws in amongst a run of wins then you’d be saying we’re on a very, very good run. It is part and parcel of it and it’s my job, as always, to see through that.

“We’ve had some interesting runs in the past, even in the promotion season two years ago.

“We had a number of draws on the trot mixed in with a loss and a couple of wins – it happens during a season.

“There aren’t any easy games in the division but our form shows over a lot of Championship games that we’re ready for each one.

“It’s good in the sense that the expectation rises to the extent where you lose one game, have a couple of draws that there are question marks.

“That’s how powerful we’ve become as a group, a team and a club.

“If people are questioning the run we’ve had, which is one defeat in ten, then you’re doing pretty well.

“We like the way the team operates home and away. We have found a good mentality to both and everyone knows we try and win games and go after them. There have been good signs of that this season.”

Hosts QPR head into the game on the back of two victories against Leeds United and Reading respectively.

Those results propelled the R’s back into the top half of the Championship, and with the arrival of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the club’s new manager this week, Dyche is expecting a tough test.

“It’s often the case where a new manager goes in and it brings a different feel on and off the pitch as well as a different expectation I presume.

“We’ve dealt with that before. We know it’ll bring a response of some description and it’s how we handle that on the pitch, and I’m sure our fans will travel in numbers off it.”

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