Sean Dyche has called for energy, heart and lungs from his players to come out on top in Saturday’s big East Lancashire derby.
The Burnley boss remains unbeaten in his five meetings with local rivals Blackburn Rovers, who have not beaten the Clarets now in six years.
And ahead of this weekend’s Turf Moor clash, which could see his players cement their place at the top of the Championship, Dyche is looking for his side to continue their stunning recent form.
He said: “A lot is made of these games and you certainly can’t guarantee anything.
“We certainly don’t look at the past to guarantee the future. You have to earn the right again.
“The difference with derbies is they don’t always go to league tables or form.
“We had to work ever so hard to get a result at Bolton last week - and we all know the challenges they face on and off the pitch.
“It’s a tough league and on any given day anyone can beat anyone else. The best way you can safeguard against that is by giving a performance.
“It’s always about performances, but you also need a scratch of luck and a decision to go your way.
“I think on balance we probably had an edge of luck away at their place earlier this season, but if you remember my first game here against them Paul Robinson was outstanding, so you could argue that went their way.
“Generally, you have to deliver and do all the basics and add in heart and lungs and energy and make it what it is; a performance capable of winning a game.”
The Clarets go into the game on the back of a proud 11-game unbeaten league run that has propelled them to the top of the Championship table, where they would remain with a victory irrespective of Middlesbrough’s result at home to Wolves on Friday night.
But Dyche warned that on the back of successive victories themselves, Rovers are a better team than their current 16th place standing suggests.
He added: “Paul (Lambert) is getting his way of working across to the players and I’ve seen a couple of their games lately and they have earned those results.
“The league doesn’t always lie, but I think they are better side than where they are, I must say.
“They have some good players, some real experience and a manager who is shifting it and changing it to what he likes, but behind all that we have a good feeling about ourselves.
“We are strong and we believe we can perform and we’re showing really good signs of that, never more so than recently.”
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