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Dyche On 'The People's Derby'

23 October 2015

Sean Dyche hopes to continue enjoying the quiet life with another victory in what he describes as “the people’s derby’.

The Clarets boss answered the main question being thrust at him with a long overdue victory at Ewood Park two seasons ago, en-route to promotion to the Premier League.

And Dyche hopes to mastermind another win against their old rivals and provide Clarets fans with another day to savour.

He said: “I’ve had a few opportunities to experience this game and I think we’ve come to realise it’s an important occasion for the fans and it is really the people’s game.

“We all have an understanding of it, but it’s not the same as if you were a Burnley fan since you were born.

“The feeling has changed since we beat them a couple of years ago. When I first came here as manager, that was one of the first things that was said to me by an unbelievable amount of people; whether that was the media, people inside the club, or the Board here!

“It was a very powerful message, but people don’t remind me as much now.

“Back then the thirst of fans was very powerful and that’s changed, but there’s still an underlying desire to win.”

He added: “Clarity of thought is important on any occasion, but of course, on these occasions, when the build-up and feel is different, it’s important to deliver.

“That’s what we look for, but whatever the build-up, one thing I am absolutely clear on and that’s when the whistle blows, the feel goes right back to what it is; a local derby and a meaningful one with both sets of players wanting to win the game for their fans.”

Dyche insists the win at Ewood back in March 2013, courtesy of goals from Jason Shackell and Danny Ings, provided him with one of his best memories in football, particularly when he was lured back pitchside long after full time to acknowledge the Burnley fans chanting his name and refusing to leave.

He recalled: “That was an amazing sight and I’ll never forget that. There are personal markers in your career and that was certainly one.

“But it was more the enjoyment for them. It wasn’t for me; it was about the team who, don’t forget, had come from a goal down to win, but also the feel among the supporters at that time, on what was a fantastic path towards the Premier League. That moment will certainly live with me forever.”

Blackburn go into the derby on the back of a five-game unbeaten home run, during which they have kept four clean sheets.

And Dyche expects a typically tough encounter in the 102nd competitive meeting between the old foes.

He said: “Gary has got them organised and he is working with a team that is motivated.

“I’m sure he’d want more points on the table, I’d suggest, but some of the performances have warranted more points so we know we need to be on our game.

“The one thing I remind people is this is a tough league and you have to be constantly ready.

“You come out of one game and the recovery and build-up to the next starts immediately.

“We know we will have to go there and give another big performance to get what we all want, which is a win.”

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