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Dyche Ready For Mental Test

Boss backs players to step up as Clarets bid to launch cup run

28 August 2019

Sean Dyche is backing his squad to pass the strength test and make progress in the Carabao Cup.

But he knows whichever side he sends out against Sunderland at Turf Moor tonight will need to produce the goods to book a round-three spot.

Dyche has confirmed that he will make changes to his starting line-up for the visit of the League One Black Cats.

And the Burnley boss will be looking for the right response from players to continue the momentum from an impressive start to the Premier League season, which has yielded four points from three games.

“In recent seasons the focus has been on the Premier League, almost total focus, because it means so much to this club, the team and the town,” said Dyche.

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Danny Drinkwater and Jay Rodriguez could figure tonight

“The focus is still on the Premier League, I make no mistake about that, but I think we have a more competitive squad now.

“I believe the squad can handle these games, but I have been around the game long enough to know that if you don't perform you don't get what you want.

“The players know that. They have got to perform, and the mentality has to be right to win these games. And that’s the biggest thing, I think.

“So many times there is one team you look at and think that team is good enough to win that game and they don't.

“That must be down to a psychology of the moment, so mentally you have to be right and clear-minded to take on these games and if you do that and perform then you heighten your chances of winning and getting through.”

The Clarets have had a chequered record in cup competitions in recent seasons.

But with a chance to progress to the last 32 by beating a Sunderland side whose main priority this season will be chasing promotion back to the Championship, Dyche is ready to embrace the possibility of a cup run.

He added: “Players sometimes get different messages from outside the world we live in, internally, on where ‘what do the cups mean?’ and all the noise around that.

“But for us, certainly for me and the staff and, I believe, the players here it’s an important game and we want to make sure we deliver.

“The Premier League is very important. But whatever way you look at it, you still want to do well in the cups and you want to do well in every competition you can.”

Tonight’s tie will go straight to penalties should the scores be level at 90 minutes.

And the draw for round three will take place after the televised game between Lincoln City and Everton with Burnley and Sunderland on ball number 28.

Tickets for the game will be available from the Turf Moor ticket office up until kick-off.

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