Sean Dyche apologised for being ‘boring’ in the build-up to the Clarets’ derby showdown at Blackburn Rovers.
But if his side deliver the goods at Ewood Park in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night there will be no shortage of excitement for the travelling fans.
And that’s how the Burnley boss says it should be, as he prepares the Clarets for the second-round tie against their local rivals.
“Fan mentality is always different. They have lived it, breathed it all their lives,” said Dyche, whose team will be backed by 5,000 Burnley fans.
“Our focus is winning. The fans’ focus is all the other stuff, and rightly so.
“Because that’s what gives it its passion and area pride in their team.
“Our job is to focus on playing well and winning. That’s my job and that’s the team’s job.
“We understand that side of it but my job, and that of my staff, is to focus on the players, the team, the collective unit and going to win a game.”
Dyche has revitalised the Clarets’ fortunes in the derby fixture, turning round an eight-game winless run stretching 35 years into an unbeaten six-match streak since he took charge at Turf Moor nearly five years ago.
Sean Dyche master-minded a Championship double over Blackburn in 2015/16
He also kept Burnley in the Premier League last season as Rovers – winners of this competition in 2002 – dropped into League One.
But taking the Clarets into round three of the cup and a place in the third-round draw in the early hours of Thursday morning is the only thing that concerns him.
He added: “I’m sorry to be so boring, but it’s another game for me. I want to win, as simple as that.
“I can’t keep describing it any other way. That’s my focus, as it is on any game, because that’s my job.
“The outside emotion of all of these games, for whatever reason, is not really my world.
“I understand it, but my world is to focus on the team and that’s what I do.”
Dyche has plenty of selection options open to him for the tie – the first between the two near neighbours in this competition.
But Rovers, who knocked out Coventry City in round one and then secured their first league win of the season at Bradford City last Saturday, will be without defenders Darragh Leninan and Ryan Niambe and midfielder Bradley Dack through injury.
Striker Danny Graham, who previously played under Dyche at Watford, may return to lead the Blackburn attack.