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Fans Will Play Their Part - Dyche

Manager happy fans are enjoing the ride as Clarets chase Euro spot

27 April 2018

Sean Dyche says the Clarets’ fans have a part to play if their ‘European Tour’ is to come off.

The Burnley supporters have adopted the tour prospect as their anthem in recent weeks as Dyche’s side has closed in on possible Europa League qualification.

And the boss is again looking forward to their backing against Brighton at Turf Moor on Saturday when a place in Europe for the first time in half a century could become a reality.

“I’ve said recently that it’s a badge of honour,” said Dyche of his side’s European prospects.  

“Everyone knows the bread and butter is being in the Premier League and continuing that.

“But behind that, to say you’re a Burnley fan and your side was 16th in the Championship five-and-a-half years ago, and then now has got a chance of playing in Europe, then I think that’s a hell of a shift.

“I think they’re enjoying that, enjoying the feeling of it and the possibility.

“And if it becomes a reality then I think the fanbase will be absolutely delighted with that – and rightly so.”

Back-to-back home wins against Everton and Leicester during the Clarets’ recent five-match winning run could turn out to be pivotal in the race for Europe and Dyche is expecting another big atmosphere for the visit of the Seagulls.

He added: “You could hear the noise in the stadium when we beat Leicester.

“The fans have been terrific, regardless of Europe. If we get there – and obviously it’s a possibility now – then I think you’ll have a lot of very happy people.

“And they’ll certainly play their part in helping us along the way, particularly with two out of three home games.”

Depending on how results work out for the Clarets, Everton and Leicester on Saturday, European qualification could be settled.

A point for Burnley would effectively knock the Toffees  - who are away to Huddersfield Town - out of the equation and end Leicester’s hope of finishing seventh if the Foxes lose at Crystal Palace.

But Dyche is not running through the permutations as he concentrates solely on adding to the Clarets’ points tally, which stands at 53 after coming from behind to earn a draw at relegation-threatened Stoke City last Sunday.

“The focus still remains on the performance and the outcome,” said the Clarets’ boss.

“I’m pleased to say after a hard game against Chelsea we went down to Stoke certainly with the right mentality of getting wins.

“We accept the draw but we could easily have won the game and I thought that was a good show of the mentality of the team to continue challenging ourselves to get as many points on the board.

“And if we do that, then factually we get more points than the others, then we play in Europe.”

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