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Dyche Looks To Make Changes In Cup

5 January 2015

Sean Dyche will look to utilise his squad for tonight’s FA Cup third round tie against Spurs at Turf Moor.

It remains to be seen whether Dyche will follow in the footsteps of other Premier League managers in making wholesale changes.

But after being forced into three early substitutions at Newcastle United on New Year’s Day – and after fielding the same starting line-up in six successive league games, the Clarets boss admitted he will end that sequence against Tottenham.

He said: “It’s fair to say there will be a change or two. When necessity comes I think the players are ready, but we will have to consider our options going into the game.

“We know that every player knows their roles and responsibility and we know they can operate when they are need and we’ve shown signs of that.

“People go on about me not changing the team, but when we made changes at Newcastle I thought they were fantastic – and that’s great credit to the subs.

“They know how much I value them and that also goes for those who have not quite been making it onto the bench.”

Skipper Jason Shackell suffered a calf injury at St James’ Park and fellow defender Kevin Long saw his Premier League debut cut short by a knee injury that the club is awaiting test results on.

However, wide man George Boyd insists that whatever the team tonight, the Clarets will go hard again as they look to secure a place in the hat for the fourth round (which is drawn at 7.30pm tonight!)

Boyd, who grabbed the third equaliser at Newcastle in a tireless performance that saw him clock up 13.5km - more than any other Premier League player in any game this season – insisted: “We just want to keep playing!

“We’re a very fit bunch and we just take one game at a time. I think we’ve got the fitness to do both (league and cup) with this squad.

“You saw the people who came in at Newcastle and gave it a go.”

Tickets are still available for tonight’s FA Cup tie. And there are cash turnstiles in the James Hargreaves Stand (upper and lower) for Burnley fans.

If you can’t make it to Turf Moor, there is live commentary on Clarets Player from 7.30pm with Phil Bird.

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