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Dyche: Let's Maintain Momentum

20 September 2015

Sean Dyche is keen for his side to maintain the momentum gained from four straight wins ahead of the trip to Derby County on Monday night.

The in-form Clarets travel to the iPro Stadium to face the Rams, who have recorded two straight victories themselves in the past week.

But Dyche insisted that he will not let the opposition change his side’s approach to the fixture.

“They are definitely a side considered to be one which can push on this season, along with ourselves and a number of others,” said the Burnley boss.

“Whoever you play it is for three points, it ends up becoming irrelevant who you play.

"It’s about getting those three points from winning the match and that’s the main focus for our group.

“Derby are a big club, and they’re re-moulding a side themselves and have spent a lot of money in doing so.

“But we believe heavily in what we do. We’ve always had that in-depth belief, so we don’t overthink the opposition.”

And Dyche is confident that the Clarets' early season winning sequence is a sign of things to come from his side.

Sam Vokes on target against MK Dons

He said: “I’ve been really pleased with the players. We’ve found different ways of winning and that’s important at any level of football, but particularly in the Championship.

“We’re not finished as we are at the moment.

"The team is performing well and I thought there were a lot more signs of how we want the team to play against MK Dons.

“I don’t want to be too picky; we’re still moulding a team together and that takes time, but it has certainly accelerated that pattern within the team by getting four wins.

“The players have to take ownership and they do it very well; there is that real feel that we can continue to improve and on the other hand there is a settled thinking on what we’ve just done which is those four important wins.

“It’s about demanding again.

Andre Gray scores v Sheffield Wednesday

"I’ve been saying to the players that winning four games in a row owes you nothing.

“But they give you a good mental and physical shape and a good feel about the team - particularly the other night - because we created a lot of goalscoring chances and of course we need that home and away.”

Burnley did the double over the Rams in their last Championship campaign and have won their last four games away to the iPro.

Sam Vokes on target at Derby in the 2013/14 season

And Dyche believes his squad possess the necessary mentality to take into another  big game.

“A lot of our players have just come out of playing in the Premier League against some massive clubs, so that’s good experience for us and we’ll use that wisely,” he noted.

“The endeavour, the will and the demand, all the things that I ask for, are on show.”

Jason Shackell is set to line up for Paul Clement’s side after swapping Turf Moor for the East Midlands in the summer.

Jason Shackell scores in the 2013/14 victory at Derby

And Dyche believes the defender’s departure has ignited the form of direct replacement Michael Keane.

“He [Shackell] was a fantastic servant to me and to the club before me and it will be good to see him," said Dyche.

“But Michael (Keane) is doing terrifically and he’s got the experience of Michael Duff with him at the moment and he’s enjoying that.

"I think in their relationship they’ve ironed up a few little tweaks from early season and they’re looking in good form.”

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