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Dyche: Our Mentality Is To Win

21 April 2018

Sean Dyche admitted that his side will approach the match against Stoke City this Sunday with a “winning mentality”.

The Clarets’ boss is eager for his players to bounce back after their five-match winning streak came to an end in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Thursday night.

And the gaffer believes that Stoke will pose a different type of threat to his side.

“It was a tough one against Chelsea, but it’s a different style of game on Sunday. They [Stoke] do need points,” said Dyche.

"We’ve shown that the appetite to win games is still there since reaching 40 points and we’ll go in with that winning mentality,” he continued.

“The mentality of the players is good and the form in general is good. Stoke are fighting for their lives but we’re also fighting for a different objective.

“We’re in good shape and looking forward to the game on Sunday. Whatever their performance is, we need to make sure we’re ready and right to go and perform.”

Dyche is preparing for Stoke to start the game quickly, but is confident that his side can weather the Potters’ storm, with the Clarets eyeing another win to propel them towards European qualification.

From the other side:

Paul Lambert admitted that his side must give everything if they are to come away with the three points against the Clarets on Sunday.

The Stoke boss is eager to kick-start a winning run this weekend and states that there is “utter belief and confidence” within his squad that they can avoid relegation from the Premier League.

“I think we need to win three of the four games we have left and that is the mind-set. We have to give everything we have to get the points we need,” said Lambert.

“I've not changed my tactics at all - I've gone for the win in every match since I've been here.

“We've been unfortunate not to win more games and we will approach the final four matches in the same manner.”

Injury news:

Dyche confirmed that James Tarkowski is a doubt to face the Potters after picking up a knock in the defeat to Chelsea.

Chris Wood hurt his achilles and Ashley Westwood took a knock to his knee during the defeat, but Dyche is hopeful that the trio can recover in time for Sunday.

Ben Mee will miss out once again due to a shin problem, however, the gaffer confirmed that Scott Arfield, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are all progressing well from their long-term injuries.

Lambert confirmed that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kostas Stafylidis are still struggling with injury, while Glen Johnson could be ready for Sunday’s game after participating in training with the first team.

After finding the net in the Potters’ draw with West Ham United, Peter Crouch could be named in the starting line-up for the first time in a month.

Form guide:

After five wins on the bounce, Burnley slipped to defeat against Chelsea on Thursday night, thereby losing the league’s longest unbeaten record, which now belongs to Newcastle United.

Stoke’s last league win came way back in January against Huddersfield Town, losing five and drawing five since. The sequence has seen them drop to 19th in the table and five points away from safety.

Stats guide:

The Clarets are bidding to win four consecutive top-flight away games for the first time since September, 1961.

Dyche’s side are 16 points better off than at this stage last season, when they had 36 points from 34 games.

Stoke could lose four consecutive top-flight home games for the first time since May 1985.

April is somewhat of a bogey month for the Potters, who have just one win in their last 15 league games played in April (D5, L9).

Referee: Mike Dean


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