Light at end of the tunnel for the Clarets

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While his players can see the light at the end of the tunnel, Sean Dyche’s men continue to focus on what is immediately in front of them.

When Kenny Dalglish spoke of “one game at a time” in his initial tenure as Liverpool boss, half of you wondered whether he was just being obtuse with the media.

But for Dyche, it is something he believed in as a player, and his squad have taken that motto to their hearts.

Promotion remains tantalisingly close, but it is all about taking on the next challenge - Blackpool away tonight.

Dyche said: “I think they’ve accepted the way we think is appropriate for them to train, to play, the tactical framework and I think they’ve run with it.

“They’ve taken ownership of it and they deliver it. They know the demands of it and how to work within it.

“That’s been really clear and I’ve enjoyed that from the group.

“I’ve always been really open minded and I try to keep the group open minded. That really goes back to the one game at a time.

“There are different trains of thought on how you view it. Some managers change it weekly, some six-game cycles, some 10-game cycles, but like an athlete you can only go one race at a time.

“They might gear their season up with an event somewhere down the line, but they still have to go through all the challenges along the way.

“Football’s like that. Footballers know the end journey, they know what they’re heading for, they know what they want.

“I don’t think you have to ram it down their face. I think they know, or they should know. Most footballers going into any season should know what they’re searching for. Then it’s the process to get there, it’s the toil and the hard work on a daily basis. That’s what I’ve been really pleased with.”