Dyche: ‘Our time will come’

Wait continues: Burnley were cruelly denied derby victory on Saturday at Turf Moor against old rivals Blackburn Rovers
Wait continues: Burnley were cruelly denied derby victory on Saturday at Turf Moor against old rivals Blackburn Rovers

Clarets boss Sean Dyche is already looking forward to the next chance to put Burnley’s Blackburn bogey to bed.

But tonight his focus is firmly on maintaining an excellent start at Turf Moor against Birmingham City (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).

Burnley gifted Jordan Rhodes a fluke equaliser on Saturday, after Junior Stanislas drilled the Clarets into a 75th-minute lead.

And Danny Ings was denied a clear run at goal by a cynical rugby tackle from Rovers’ Lee Williamson in injury time.

Burnley remain without a win over the enemy since 1979, but after his third stab at it, Dyche said: “I think there’s a disappointment because they know they’ve done enough again.

“I think in all three games we’ve had with Blackburn since I’ve been manager we’ve done enough in every game to win it. One was taken away from us by a decision, another one by a bit of luck and it’s fair to say the first one by their goalkeeper who was fantastic.

“It will come. March 9th.”

He added: “In three games we’ve been so close in different ways. The reality is I think it’s fair to say from what I’m learning about Burnley’s history the gap has never been closer probably from what people tell me., for us to be delivering performances to show that we are a side to be reckoned with.”

His players have to recover ahead of the visit of Birmingham, but Dyche smiled: “Bring them on!”

He handed loan signing Michael Kightly a debut on Saturday, who impressed before tiring in his first senior action since March, and Dyche was pleased with the winger: “He’s come in generally fit but you can imagine it’s not true first team fitness.

“I thought he gave a lot to us for the 60-odd minutes he was on.

“His fitness will improve, his understanding of the way we play and the players around him will improve and of course it was a big came to come into.

“Even when you’re experienced like him it’s still a big game to come into.

“I was pleased with him.

“But I’ve made it quite clear how much I value subs and how important it is to tune into what the game needs. I thought Junior did that.”