Burnley boss retains a calm focus

Ross' rocket: Ross Wallace's stunning strike was superbly tipped over by Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks at Bloomfield Road on Saturday Inset, Sam Vokes on the charge.
Ross' rocket: Ross Wallace's stunning strike was superbly tipped over by Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks at Bloomfield Road on Saturday Inset, Sam Vokes on the charge.

Burnley go to Elland Road tonight to face Leeds United with boss Sean Dyche remaining calm about their league position.

The 1-0 defeat at Blackpool on Saturday left the Clarets 14th in the Championship, but only five points clear of Barnsley, who occupy 22nd, with four games remaining.

Going into the game at Bloomfield Road, Seasiders chief Paul Ince felt 54 points was sufficient for safety, with Blackpool joining Burnley on that tally after Ludo Sylvestre’s winner.

But wins for Peterborough, Blackburn and Huddersfield ensured that both Burnley and Blackpool cannot rest on their laurels.

Dyche is not anxious about the situation, however: “No. I have exactly the same focus as when I got here, get wins. Winning mentality, building that winning culture, building that team that can win.

“You have to get points. You can’t stand still for one moment. All the managers will be the same thinking ‘we need more points on the board’.

“I know Paul Ince said 54 will be the target and now he’s got there to join us and a couple of others.

“But I think we’re all thinking ‘winning’. Most managers plan to win - I certainly do - so it’s just about winning and getting points on the board for loads of different reasons for every club.”

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