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Dyche Wants Turf Moor Buzz

Boss hoping for another big night as Clarets bid to advance in Europe

15 August 2018

Sean Dyche wants a vibrant Turf Moor to help propel his side onwards in Europe.

The Clarets face Istanbul Basaksehir in the home leg of their Europa League third qualifying-round tie on Thursday night.

And after a battling 0-0 draw in front of less than 5,000 fans in Turkey last week, Dyche is hoping the backing inside Turf Moor can help the Clarets secure the home victory that would take them onto the play-off round the competition.

“We think we are a strong side here, no matter what side we put out,” said the Burnley boss.

“We want to make it feel different and there were certainly strong signs of that against Aberdeen, when I thought there was a tremendous atmosphere – in both games

“At home I thought there was a real energy to the crowed and a buzz about it and we want that again.

“They know every game is a big one and they know they have a group that gives everything and they know we need their support.

“That’s an on-going thing and we want it to be there.”

The Clarets know they need to score on Thursday night to progress – unless the tie finishes 0-0 after extra-time and goes to penalties.

And although they have drawn a blank in their last two games, it was a case of a job well done defensively to secure a clean sheet in Istanbul and at Southampton in the Premier League opener last Sunday, Dyche’s men did carry a real attacking threat as they earned a point.

“Games can be won on small margins,” added the boss.

“I thought we were very productive down at Southampton and we want that to be a continuing theme.

“We want to make more chances and be more clinical in the top third of the pitch.

“But that’s an on-going thing, not something you can flick a switch on, unless you go out and spend gazillions of pounds, which some do.

“We have to develop a side that can continue to do that and I think there are signs and we are trying to make better quality chances.

“We certainly did at Southampton and, of course, we want to take that into the next game.”

The Clarets will again be without the injured duo of Robbie Brady and Steven Defour, with Brady close to a return but Defour “weeks rather than days” away from a comeback due to a calf problem.

New signing Matej Vydra is not yet registered to play in the competition and could have a further game in the under-23s next week to add to his match fitness following a goal-scoring bow in the Professional Development League.

Tom Heaton is also ineligible for the tie after the Clarets had to gain dispensation from UEFA to add a further goalkeeper to their squad list in his injury absence for the home leg against Aberdeen.

But Dyche has no fresh injury worries as he looks to juggle his squad with a likely play-off tie against Greek side Olympiakos at stake and a first home Premier League game against Watford to follow three days after Burnley bid to go through in Europe.

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