Boss’ delight at big away followings

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Burnley have the sixth-biggest away following in the Championship so far this season.

Taking into account the latest figures from the weekend, when the away support was 1,406 at Bournemouth, the Clarets average 1,582 away from Turf Moor - with traditionally well-backed trips to neighbours Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool still to come.

Leeds top the chart with 3,186 on average, ahead of Saturday’s visitors Nottingham Forest (2,468), Sheffield Wednesday (2,041), Derby County (1,948) and Leicester City (1,914).

Boss Sean Dyche has been delighted with the way the fans have got behind the side: “The away fans have been phenomenal, for a small town with not so many people living here, to carry as many as we do away has been excellent.

“A one club mentality is important anywhere.

“We’ve managed to galvanise that unit, and the fans’-players’ connection at Bolton was quite obvious.

“It does help it and add value to the group in what we want to achieve, and we took big numbers again down to Bournemouth.

“The away followings are incredible. I think they’ve got a lot to enjoy this year and long may it continue.”

Dyche has long preached of a “one-club mentality”, of everyone pulling in the same direction, and he added: “I think there’s a real belief in what the group are offering the fans and I think they’ve bought into that.

“It doesn’t guarantee you the outcome’s going to be a win, but it gives you a lot better chance because there’s a bit more time if things are not going as well.

“When we went 1-0 down against Millwall, it was as if they said ‘Okay, we know this group are going to give everything’. That’s the worst case scenario, the best case scenario is you’re going to get something from the game.”