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Dyche: Shoulders Back!

22 April 2016

Sean Dyche insists his players are relishing the pressure as the promotion race enters the home straight.

The Clarets travel to Preston tonight knowing that wins in their final three games of the season would see them promoted back to the Premier League for the third time.

And Dyche believes his players are thriving on the demands placed on them.

He said: “We are relishing this kind of pressure. This is what being successful is all about!

“Things don’t come easy in life; you have to earn the right and we are. This is exactly the position you plan on getting yourself in and winning has always been a mindset of mine.

“We have a clarity of demand within the group and respect of each other and that’s a healthy balance.

“We feel we’ve earned this situation we are in, so now it’s shoulders back because make no mistake we are ready for all that comes in front of us in the next three games.”

Seventeen players in the Clarets squad have experience of gaining promotion to the top flight, many with the Clarets two years ago, but others at previous clubs.

And with the statistics showing his side are stronger now than at the start of the season, Dyche has every confidence that can be another advantage in the coming fortnight.

He said: “We are so experienced as a group, so whatever comes, we will be ready.

“The lads are getting stronger and the physical stats from the second half, in particular, against Middlesbrough were absolutely first class.

“We are in good shape both physically and mentally and we are willing to take this challenge on.

“All the statisticians will be out there crunching the numbers and permutations, but it all comes down to us.

“Now we have to continue that clear focus and deliver.”

Preston have enjoyed a successful first season back in the Championship, and now look for a top 10 finish that would provide firm foundations for next season.

And Dyche praised the work done at Deepdale by counterpart Simon Grayson and his staff and players.

He said: “I think ‘Larry’ (Simon) has done really well. I like him as a bloke and a manager and his staff.

“They are good people and good at what they do. They have earned the right to be 10th in the Championship and it seems to me they all give a lot to the cause.

“They got a foothold in this division early on and I would argue the challenge for them at the beginning of this season was to certainly be in the championship and build on that.

“They have done really well on that front, but we don’t take anyone lightly. Why would we?

“We respect them and the only time that respect goes out of the window is when the whistle blows. Then it all comes down to us.”

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