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Preview: Southampton vs Burnley

20 March 2015

Sean Dyche has reiterated there are no guarantees in the Barclays Premier League ahead of the trip to Southampton.

The Clarets go into the game on the back of a magnificent victory over current champions Manchester City, when George Boyd’s solitary stunner was enough for a 1-0 win.

But as they prepare to face a side vying for a European spot, Dyche believes his side will have to perform at top level again to give themselves the platform to follow up last weekend’s result.

He said: “I feel the same as I have done all season. We’re operating in a good manner and I think we’ve been a tad unfortunate in some games where our performances merited more.

“In others we’ve learnt a lot and we’re always looking to move it forward. Now with nine games to go the learning curve has to come to fruition.

“There’s good signs of that but we’ve got nine tough games and we’ve to take each game as it comes and keep working hard.

“I’ve said all season that the one thing I’ve learnt is that there is no guarantee. I think Jose Mourinho has mentioned it for a long time now that out of all the leagues he’s worked in, this is
the level that’s hardest to guarantee your next result.

“If he’s saying that about his squad at Chelsea then I think it’s fair to say I’d think the same working at Burnley.”

Southampton currently occupy 6th position in the Barclays Premier League and they too go into the game buoyed by a result against one of the division’s super powers.

And the Clarets boss has been impressed by Ronald Koeman’s side after question marks had been asked of them in the summer due to a plethora of player sales.

He added: “I think they’re a very good side and while a lot was made of their sales in the summer, but nobody had focused on the signings.

“Now it has grown into a very good season as it has gone on and they’ve actually spent quite a lot of money on players who can perform.

“The manager has a good grasp of the Premier League and it’ll be a big challenge for us no doubt.”

MATCH OFFICIALS

Roger East will take charge of the Clarets Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend (3pm kick-off).

The fixture against the Saints will be the Wiltshire official’s 24th of the season, and he has issued 89 yellow cards and four red cards thus far.

His last Burnley fixture came on Monday 5th January 2015 when the Clarets drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

Only one player was booked on that occasion, Benjamin Stambouli for the visitors.

Mr East will be assisted by Mr A Garratt, Mr H Lennard, and fourth official Lee Probert.

TICKETS

Around 200 tickets remain for the trip to Southampton and these will be available on the day at St Mary’s Stadium.

Please note, there is a £2 increase in price for tickets purchased on the day of the game so they will be priced as follows:

Adults £36
Over 65’s £32
17 – 21 years £32
Under 17’s £23
Under 11’s £14

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