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Dyche Backs Squad Quality

Manager believes Clarets have strength in depth to handle possible cup changes

22 August 2017

Sean Dyche is backing his squad strength to come to the fore if he decides to make changes for the derby cup clash at Blackburn Rovers.

Dyche may opt to spread the game-time around his squad after picking the same starting line-up for the Clarets’ opening two Premier League games.

That’s not certain, as Dyche’s looks to guide Burnley into round three of the Carabao Cup by extending Burnley’s unbeaten six-game run against their East Lancashire rivals at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.

But if there is to be a change in personnel, Dyche is confident he has better resources than this time last year when the Clarets went out of the competition to Accrington Stanley.

“I think we have changed,” said the Burnley boss, who this week made former Leeds United striker Chris Wood his sixth summer signing.

“The building process year-on-year has allowed us to have a deeper group, so if I do change the side there are players who I absolutely believe in and players who have played in the Premier League.

“They’re not fringe players any more. We’ve got a squad now that is very competitive.

“We’ve got players who didn’t play on Saturday who have been brought in here for millions of pounds.

“They are good players. I believe in the whole squad. It’s not just about 11 players.”

Chris Wood is eligible to face Blackburn Rovers

The Clarets have not won a tie in the League Cup since 2013/14 – often with priorities lying elsewhere as they have looked to gain a foothold in the top flight or win promotion back to the Premier League.

But drawing Blackburn this time around has raised the stakes – particularly for the supporters – as the Clarets seek to avoid an upset against a side now playing in League One and book their place in the last 32.   

“It’s a great game for the fans and another big, important game for us,” added Dyche, unbeaten against Blackburn as Burnley manager after a first win for 35 years in March, 2014 sparked a run of three straight derby wins.

“I have made it clear many times. I don’t understand the depth of it, having not lived it and breathed it all my life but, of course, I’m well aware of the feeling in this area and become even more aware of that in my time of being here.

“Every game counts, whatever it is. All the games are serious for me, and this one is definitely serious.”

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