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Dyche Looks To Changes For Cup Tie

23 August 2016

Sean Dyche insists he will shuffle his pack for the EFL Cup second round game at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night.

The Clarets go into the Lancashire derby on the back of a euphoric win against Liverpool, when goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes sealed all three points.

And with another testing trip to Chelsea to come this weekend, the Burnley boss knows the time is right to make changes.

He said: “It does come into the thinking because the players spent a lot of energy (against Liverpool) and with the emotion of it.

“They are big games and the players know that; it’s not just fans. So it adds more to it when you’re playing those teams and beating them. 

“So maybe there will be changes because we have got to make sure the players are alright because we’ve got another big one on Saturday.”

Aussie midfielder Aiden O’Neill could again come into the thinking after making his Premier League bow last weekend, aged just 18.

Dyche explained: "I haven’t made a decision yet but he’s certainly coming into the thinking and he’s earned the right!

“In pre-season he’s played very well and he’s maturing as a player. He was with the first team group quite a lot last season and he’s been with us a lot in pre-season.

“Aiden is a very good player, he’s still young and still learning but he delivered a very good performance which some of our fans will remember against Bolton, and we look for him to continue his development.

“A good part of that is to play in the first team squad."

Burnley go into the tie as overwhelming favourites against last season’s League Two play-off semi-finalists.

And Dyche is relishing locking horns with opposing manager John Coleman, who he has twice voted for as his manager of the year.

The gaffer said: “John’s done a great job there over many years and I always look forward to seeing him when I can.

“I’m sure they’ll be competitive because it’s an important game for both clubs for different reasons. 

“I think it makes for a great game for all concerned, and, of course, it goes without saying we are going there to win. That’s our objective every time we play!

“There is that winning mentality here and we want to continue that, of course. I think our players are in good shape, physically and mentally and I’ll think they’ll look forward to the challenge.”

Dafabet odds for tomorrow’s game:

Scott Arfield to score the first goal NOW 9/1 (was 7/1)
Andre Gray to score two or more NOW 13/2 (was 5/1)
Burnley to Win 2-1 NOW 10/1 (was 15/2)
Burnley only team to score NOW 12/5 (was 7/4)


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