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Dyche: No Lifting Chins

26 December 2017

Sean Dyche will send his Burnley players out at Manchester United today with a freedom to go and express themselves.

The gaffer insisted there will be no hangover from the weekend defeat to Spurs, as they head to Old Trafford in fine shape at the half way point of the season.

The Clarets currently occupy their highest league position at Christmas since 1973.

And asked if he needed to lift chins, following the heaviest home defeat of his reign, Dyche quipped: “Have you seen the league table?

“There’s no lifting chins when you are Burnley Football Club and you are where we are, on 32 points.

“We have some big teams coming and some big challenges, but you have to play them and these games are not measurements for us.

“It doesn’t mean we can’t get a win, but the way, but we all know the real market is and we are doing a great job, as far as I am concerned.

“The top of ‘the rest’, where we are, is a fantastic position for a club and a team like us. What we are achieving with this group is a very high standard of football.”

The Clarets follow up their trip to United with a trip to impressive Premier League newcomers, then host Liverpool on New Year’s Day before travelling to runaway leaders Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.

And Burnley do so without the services of the suspended James Tarkowski, and injury doubts over defender Stephen Ward and striker Chris Wood, who limped off in the Spurs’ defeat.

Dyche added: “It’s a tough run of games against the top sides. That’s a fact and we know how good all the teams are at this level, particularly the superpowers.

“It’s unfortunate that we have injured and suspensions, which isn’t helpful. But that’s all part of the team’s development.

“We’ll have to wait and see on Chris, He suffered a minor tweak to his knee on Saturday, which is not ideal, so we’ll see how it settles down.

“We’ve made changes recently for the first time we’ve had to, but I do believe in the squad, although it’s harder when you are changing three or four at a time.”

Clarets Player HD will have live uninterrupted commentary from Old Trafford today from 2.45pm.

 


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