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Dyche: Crash Puts Football Into Focus

1 November 2018

Sean Dyche has spoken of his sorrow following the helicopter crash at Leicester City that claimed five lives.

The Clarets boss and his backroom team were at the King Power Stadium to witness last weekend’s Premier League game against West Ham United, which was overshadowed by the tragic accident following the game that claimed the life of Foxes Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, among others.

And Dyche, who had left the stadium before the incident occurred, expressed his sadness at hearing the crushing news.

The Clarets boss said: “We all get so into football, that we sometimes forget where it lives in our lives.

“I was there at the game with my assistant Ian (Woan) and Tony (Loughlan), our first team coach, because we play those two teams next.

“Our thoughts go out to everyone involved, on behalf of the club, but it also brings come clarity to your thoughts sometimes.

“The facts are that people will have moans and groans at their different clubs, but here was a brilliant fellow who did so much for his club, and suddenly he’s gone.

“We all reflect on things differently when bad times come along, but it does offer a reminder of the reality of where football really is in all of our lives.

“We all want to be successful and we all want to win games, but sometimes you forget the really important stuff.”

The Clarets, meanwhile, look to bounce back at West Ham United this weekend, following the back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

And Dyche insists his side can look to put those results behind them at a stadium where they won convincingly last season when closing in on a seventh-place finish.

The gaffer added: “They are not easy results to forget and we are not in the business of just brushing things under the carpet.

“You have to know the realities and there is no doubt about it, the superpowers of the league are, this season, really laying down a hard, fast marker this early in the season.

“I’ve spoken to numerous people in the game who have said exactly the same thing, and within the games there were true moments of quality, in terms of the goals scored, so you have to factor that in.

“But also, within that, we want to challenge and we have on many occasions, so we have to see through all that because the challenge of the season is not those games.

“We want to take those games on, of course, and famously last year we did that against Chelsea and Manchester City, but the fact is they are not in our division.

“What we do have to do is make sure we are more competitive in these games, so we’ve made sense of the past two results and we’ll move forwards, because we are not going to play those sides every week.”

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