Sean Dyche previews Saturday's clash with Crystal Palace at Turf MoorSean Dyche says he does not concern himself with the ‘six-pointer’ tag that people may place on his side’s clash with Crystal Palace this weekend.
The Clarets head into the game at Turf Moor looking to make it back-to-back home wins in the Premier League against another side amongst a tight group in the table.
But the boss is more concerned with his side consistently delivering performances and believes every game is as important as the next one.
Dyche said: “The whole six-pointer thing is irrelevant to me as I just see it as a chance to pick up three points.
“We look at every game like that because performances take care of themselves over the course of the season.
“You have to consistently deliver performances so it’s not up to me to worry about whether people want to tag games as anything.
“Our form in the league has certainly been growing, I’ve mentioned that many times now about the belief in the group and how they’re operating.
“They also look more comfortable at this level and of course I don’t mean that in the sense of winning 3-0 by any means.
“But they look more assured in how they go about their business and we’re really focused on ourselves and what we want to do and achieve.
“I’ve been really pleased for that for a number of games now.
“There was always going to be a shift in the way the players operate and a maturation period I felt and it’s certainly been seen over the last few games.”
Opponents Crystal Palace head into the fixture buoyed by a victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend under the stewardship of new manager Alan Pardew.
And while Dyche knows that his side will face a stern test, he feels the ‘powerful weapon’ that is the Turf Moor crowd can prove a major factor in helping his side perform once more.
He added: “Alan has taken up a different challenge and he’s got off to a good start with two decent results against lesser opposition and then Tottenham
“We know it’s a big game and an important game but they all are for us and every game has been like that all season.
“I think our fans are enjoying what they’re seeing and I don’t particularly think they weren’t early season.
“The fans were with us and they knew the team were operating and giving their everything.
“A few said to me they felt the Premier League had moved on from the last time Burnley were in it.
“They were in great voice the other night against Tottenham as they do and long may that continue because it’s a powerful weapon.
“It is freedom to the players, that mental freedom, to go and play and that can be a real help going through the season.
“What I hoped for at the beginning of the season is what has happened, people have stayed steadfast with the team.
“They know the manager and the players are honest with them and that they’ll get everything as a minimum and that we have real quality.
“That galvanised unity can be a real powerful thing and we’ve certainly built a one club mentality.”
Tickets for tomorrow’s clash with Crystal Palace are still available and can be purchased via the following options:
Visit: Turf Moor Ticket Office
Call: 0871 221 1914 opt 1.
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Phil Dowd will take charge of Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace. The Staffordshire official has refereed 18 matches this season, issuing 75 yellow cards and 4 red cards in the process.
Earlier this season, Dowd took charge of the Clarets trip to Leicester City and the home fixture against Newcastle United.
Mr Dowd will be assisted by M McDonough, D Bryan and fourth official L Probert.