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Dyche Previews Tigers Clash

8 May 2015

Sean Dyche has been pleased with the unity across the club this season, despite finding the fine margins of the Premier League frustrating.

Sean Dyche feels the Clarets will benefit from the unity shown throughout the season moving forward ahead of a crucial clash with Hull City.

The Clarets head to Hull knowing that only victory will suffice in keeping their slim survival chances alive for another week.

And despite being hugely frustrated by the position the side are in, Dyche insists it has never been the ambition to dispel the doubters but to continue as a unified club while trying to win.

Reflecting on what the club have tried to achieve, he said: “We’ve never been trying to prove anybody wrong. We’ve been trying to prove ourselves to be right in what we do.

“We’ve tried as a club to stand for something that is important and that is a group of people on the same pathway if you like.

“If you look down this season there haven’t been stories of agents, or boardroom or this and that.

“It’s just all been about the players, the team, the club and the fans and we’ve been aligned with that.

“There have been question marks about whether we spent enough, but we’ve been forthright in our views and we’re just trying to say that’s the reality of this club.

“This is the best chance we’ve got of moving it forwards in the immediacy and beyond that as well so I’ve been pleased with the unity of the club.

“I’m frustrated with the position we’re in of course and not getting as many wins and everyone would have liked but at present we’re still alive and still fighting.”

Hosts Hull City also head into the game with their Barclays Premier League future hanging in the balance. Steve Bruce's side sit one place and one point above the drop zone at present, and it promises to be an enthralling encounter, with both sides in desperate need of points.

But asked whether the game was his biggest in charge of the club for that reason, the Clarets boss felt it was merely another massive game that his side will be up for, as they look to play
with freedom in their last stab at surviving.

Dyche added: “It’s another big game and we’ve had so many this season for different reasons. The last couple of weeks have been massive.

“We’re obviously at that last chance stab at it really, you have to be reality-bound with it.

“The lads are up for it and they have been all season. Margins are tight but we’ll be ready to go again.

“The approach has always been to win and be progressive in our play throughout the season and we’ve tried to affect games in different ways – we want to attack teams.

“There is still belief in us, we still go forward and we still look forward to the next game and trying to win it.

“I’m expecting another tough Premier League game that’s for sure. Steve (Bruce) is someone I like and have a lot of respect for.

“I imagine he probably thought their season would be slightly more comfortable but he’s long enough in the tooth to know how tough this league is.

“He’s been through it a few times at different clubs and he’ll know we’ll be going hard at it again.

“It’s for us to turn up and give a performance, it’s a simple as that and that is what we’ve been trying to do all season.

“There has to be an enjoyment in every challenge and it can’t all be good news. It’s hard to have a life full of good news stories.

“But there has to be an enjoyment level but usually, in life not just football, when you’re enjoying it you give your best performances.”

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