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Dyche: Same Team Is Not A Given

13 January 2015

Sean Dyche insisted he could make changes to his starting eleven ahead of the Third Round FA Cup replay away at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Burnley set a new Premier League record when they lined up unchanged for their seventh consecutive league game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Clarets now head to White Hart Lane for their seventh competitive match in the space of 26 days, having begun a busy run of league and cup fixtures at the same venue just before Christmas.

And with captain Jason Shackell doubtful for the FA Cup replay due to a recurrence of a calf problem, Dyche insisted he is prepared to reshuffle his pack when he feels necessary.

The Burnley manager said: “We do keep an eye on this. I don’t just roll this team out!

“We keep an eye on the physical stats and the data behind it. We know the loading volume through training and we do keep a measure on it.

“Actually, even if you look at the last game against Tottenham in the Cup (which ended 1-1], we went as strong as we physically had the bodies to.

Sam Vokes nets in the FA Cup tie v Spurs

“It’s not a given forever that the same team plays. That has to be measured in between the games and the amount of rest time.

“My point is that if someone we think is really on the edge of their physical capacity, there will be a decision to make.

“So far, they’ve been really good with it and there was another big shift on Saturday. We were physically outstanding again against QPR. The intensity and yardage covered were through the roof.

“We’re very happy with the way the team is operating and even when we made changes against Tottenham, I thought there were some really good performances and yet again statistically on the physical side, too.”

Dyche added: “We’ll look at this game individually. We’ve spoken with the group of players today to get the feedback.

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“We don’t just work on feedback from the machines. We work on how they’re feeling as well, as people.

“The players know how honest we are with our feedback and likewise they are with us. They don’t say: ‘gaffer I’m fine’ when really they’re not.

“They know the way we work and how open-minded we are. If they say: ‘look, I’m beginning to feel it’, we’ll listen to that.

“Every now and again they do say: ‘I’m feeling this or that’ and then we will lower the training for that individual and try to tailor it a bit more.

“Thankfully, we’ve got a group that want to give it everything all the time and we’re in a pretty good shape at the moment.”

Regarding the fitness of Shackell, who returned to the starting line-up at the weekend, the Burnley manager revealed: “Shacks is still a question mark.

“He just got over his calf and was feeling it towards the end of the game on Saturday.

“He hasn’t trained today, but he is travelling with us and we’ll look at that tomorrow morning.

“There’s a bit of sickness knocking around as well, but hopefully not enough to take anybody out of the game.”

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