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Dyche: We Remain Focused On Us, Not Others

30 April 2016

Sean Dyche insists his players will not be affected by other results this weekend.

The Clarets go into the penultimate weekend of the season knowing that victory in both their remaining games would guarantee promotion back to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough drew with Birmingham on Friday night to take them a point clear at the top, while fellow promotion rivals Brighton host Derby County on Monday before Burnley take to the field against QPR.

But the Burnley boss insists the steely focus that has put the Clarets in pole position will not change.

He said: “The other games won’t affect our preparations. They are things that are outside our influence.

“We can’t control others, but we can control what we do, so we will retain our focus and that keeps us single-minded about the task in front of us.

“The players will know the Brighton result on Monday before we go out. They aren’t stupid!

“But it still comes down to us and how we operate.

"People sometimes forget that the last bit before you go out on to the pitch is the minimal amount of work for us all.

“We’ve been working all week to get ready for that moment, so if the players don’t know what they are doing at that point, you haven’t had a good week!”

Turf Moor seems certain to be sold out in home areas for the final home league game of the season.

And Dyche is proud of the way his players have handled the pressure that comes with big games.

He added: “I think the whole club has handled the big occasions well this season.

“That comes down to the alignment throughout the whole club, probably since my first summer here, when we re-moulded the team.

“The fans have been absolutely glued to the team since then and that’s an important factor.

"It gives the team strength and allows them to play with freedom and we all want that to continue.”

He added: “There is a clear focus here and we like that. There is a time to reflect on the highs of what’s gone, but that’s not now.

“It’s time to look forwards now and we only look as far as the next game.

“Preston was a really good performance, but we parked that and immediately started working again.

“We’ve done that really well, and QPR is the next challenge for us.”

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