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Preview: Burnley vs Manchester City

13 March 2015

Sean Dyche says the Clarets will remain positive in games.

Sean Dyche will continue his positive approach to games in a bid to retain Burnley’s Premier League status.

The Clarets boss admits he does not want to look back at the end of the season and rue a more cautious approach to games.

And as his side prepare to welcome reigning champions Manchester City to Turf Moor on Saturday, he vowed to stick to his plan and take games to the opposition.

He said: “There is a mindset to tactics. When people talk about 4-5-1 and the like, you still have to be productive.

“It’s very difficult to win football matches unless you attack games and score goals. That’s often your best form of defence.

“We want to be effective in attack and it stands to reason that two centre forwards gives you a better chance than one.

“But if we were playing 4-5 -1 and not winning games, people would be saying play 4-4-2.

“You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

There is this mythical thing that we just pick the same team, but trust me we debate every team and tactic and I look at games after the event and how they stat up. I then sit and watch them again cold, with no crowd noise or emotions to it.

“We add all that into the melting pot and the feedback from the players. We do a lot of work behind the scenes and I think people trust us on that.

“Not many people have questioned me directly on it, but the facts are we are looking for results in a format that is one that we think is one that can go forwards.

“We have been close in certain games and it’s come down to the details, not tactical formations.

“There is planning and preparation and we want a format that works, but that’s not forgetting the opposition which has improved radically from last year.

“Some of these teams we are going up against, no matter what the format, it’s still a big challenge because they are very powerful.

“I say it a lot, but we all wanted these demands and challenges. So when these games are on top of you and hard to get results from, you have to be ready.

“Manchester City are coming to Turf Moor and that’s fantastic. It’s all part of the package of the Premier League.

“Obviously this was a tough run on paper and it’s proven to be that, even with good performances, but that’s the challenge.”

The Clarets go into Saturday’s televised game buoyed by a magnificent fightback at The Etihad Stadium in December, when they recovered from two goals down to earn a valuable point.

But Dyche insisted: “It doesn’t guarantee anything this time around. We know the spending power of these clubs and they are a highly-motivated group of players still in the hunt for the league and right up there with a fantastic manager, so it’s obviously a big challenge.

“They have a big game coming up (at Barcelona) on Wednesday, but they are a very talented group, so I don’t over think their challenge. I think more about ours.”


Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s live televised clash with Manchester City. 

The West Midlands official has officiated 26 games this season, issuing 89 yellow cards and 1 red card in the process. 

Marriner’s last trip to Turf Moor came in January, when the Clarets beat QPR 2-1 with goals from Scott Arfield and Danny Ings.

Two players from each side were booked on that day, Dean Marney and Ashley Barnes for the Clarets and Joey Barton and Armand Traore for the visitors. 

Mr Marriner will be assisted G Beswick, D Cann and fourth official K Friend.


Tickets for this fixture are now in extremely limited supply at the time of writing and we’re close to a sell-out. Please contact our ticket office on 0871 221 1914 opt 1 for more information.


Don’t forget the Fanzone will be open from 2-2.30pm this weekend and as usual, there is entertainment for all the family.

The fanzone which is a large marquee, is located between the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves stands.
We also have two brand new exciting additions, the EA Sports Dugout ( ) will be here showcasing FIFA15, and we will also have the Xbox Party Van ( ), so make sure you get down and showcase your skills before the big match.

After the game, the fanzone will be closed but all supporters are welcome to let the queues ease and enjoy a drink in our foundation bar.


After the game, Belvedere Road will be closed, and only fans leaving the Cricket Club car park will be able to turn right and continue. This is due to Manchester City coaches leaving from this area.


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