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27 January 2017

Sean Dyche has warned his side to keep their standards high and avoid becoming an FA Cup casualty this weekend.

Burnley go in search of a fifth successive Turf Moor victory – and seven in eight games – when they entertain Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Clarets see off Sunderland in round three

City have found salvation in the Cup, with a third round replay win at Fleetwood helping to offset a league run of eight successive defeats.

And with a place in the last 16 for the victors, the Clarets have been urged to keep their foot to the floor against their Championship opponents.

He said: “In the league we’ve been doing well and we are pleased with performances.

“But the players have shown a good mentality to these situations of changing from league to cup and on the back of the two performances against Sunderland – when I thought we were strong in both – we now take on Bristol City.

“We have to approach it in the right manner though. Despite the awkward run they have had in the league, we have to look after what we do and focus on giving a good performance.

“I’m aware of the opposition and everyone always gets suspicious of teams on bad runs, knowing they are going to come out of it. It’s our job to make sure that’s not the case.

“I thought they had a really good go at changing their fortunes against Forest in the last game and they are in the Championship for a reason.

“They are a decent club with a young manager continually looking to earn his spurs, so they are still a threat and we have to make sure we are ready, mentally and physically.”

Dyche is again expected to make changes for the tie, and is already without Dean Marney after the midfielder was confirmed with knee ligament damage earlier this week.

But the gaffer insists his team selection will not be made with one eye on the visit of champions Leicester City to Turf Moor on Tuesday in the Premier League.

He added: “I mixed it up for the right reasons last time (against Sunderland) and set out a team I thought could win and it will be the same this weekend.

“My mantra is to focus on the next game and we are well used to playing back-to-back games from our time in the Championship.

“So we just focus on Saturday and look for the outcome we want, then we’ll look at the Premier League game coming up.”

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