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Dyche: Hull Defeat Made Us Stronger

5 February 2016

Sean Dyche believes the Tigers will come up against a different animal in Saturday’s table-topping Championship clash at Turf Moor.

The Clarets are looking to avenge their Boxing Day defeat at Hull and close to within a point of the league leaders.

And following a six-game unbeaten run in the league since the loss at the KC Stadium, Dyche feels confident the Clarets can come out on top.

The gaffer said: “It was a tight affair at their place, but we have got even stronger since then so it will be a good game.

“We are really quite pleased with how we’re going ourselves and I know our fans are enjoying it too, so we are really looking forward to the game.

“I think they all have that feel of a big game at this time of the year in the rundown of the season.

“When you play the teams around you at the top, there is always the feeling that it is an important game.

“At the end of the year that league table doesn’t count for nothing other than the amount of points you have.

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“No one cares who you have beaten along the way. However, it is very helpful if you do beat the teams around you and we know that.

“The bigger picture though, is to keep winning!”

Dyche will again be without midfielder Dean Marney, who continues to be sidelined with a calf strain.

However, new signing from Brentford, James Tarkowski, could come into the squad after a few days’ training with his new team mates.

Dyche said: “Dean is still struggling with his calf. It’s nothing major and he is out on the grass again, but after Saturday and three games in a week we have that clear week’s window to work with him.

“However, he’s not quite ready and I don’t think he’ll be ready for Saturday.

“As for James, he is maturing and we think he can offer us something now, when needed – and he knows he has to fight to get in the team first of all - and certainly going forwards.

“He has had a few weeks where things have been up in the air, but now he’s here and we’re looking forward to getting him settled in with the group, so we’ll wait and see.”

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