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Dyche: Chelsea Has Galvanised Us

26 February 2015

Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists the club has been galvanised by the events of the past week.

And the Clarets boss has told under-fire striker Ashley Barnes to carry on playing with “freedom” as the Clarets look to bounce back to winning ways this weekend.

Dyche was drawing a line under the events at Stamford Bridge, where striker Barnes was widely vilified following a clash with Nemanja Matic, which saw the Blues striker red-carded and handed a three-match ban that was later reduced to two on appeal.

He said: “It’s all part of the learning curve and the rich tapestry of being in the Premier League.

“It can’t be good news and glory all the time and there are things that are blown out proportion and we have just been a part of that.

“I would think what’s happened will have a positive effect of the club, because of how we have dealt with the situation.

“We kept our counsel wisely and tried to give a balanced view of events.”

He added: “We haven’t got an ‘us against the world’ mentality. There is a necessity of what we do by being as one because that’s an important factor in our season.

“When you are being written off constantly by all for different reasons it naturally galvanises you.

“If you kick one of them, they all feel the kick and we’ve been kicked around a little bit this week by the media, but we’ve all felt that and come together again.

“We draw a line under it and we now move forward.”

Barnes, who has been booked just five times in 47 appearances since joining the Clarets, seems set to lead the line against the Swans on Saturday.

And the gaffer urged the former non-league striker, who has five goals to his name this season, to carry on his normal game against the Welshmen.

Dyche added: “It’s not the ideal situation, but we know how quickly things get blown up very quickly at this level, particularly when powerful people in the game give opinions and the media run with it.

“It’s an interesting part of his learning curve I imagine because nothing like this will ever have come his way before.

“But he is a steady lad who has been doing tremendously for us and the lads are all around him, so it’s onwards and upwards from him.

“I just want him to play with the freedom he has been doing. That’s it in a nutshell, and I think our fans respect that.”

A full preview of Saturday’s game against Swansea, featuring the thoughts of Dyche and winger Michael Kightly, will appear on from Friday morning.

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