Dyche issues rallying cry ahead of Forest game

Sean Dyche.
Sean Dyche.
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Clarets boss Sean Dyche faces Nottingham Forest at Turf Moor tomorrow, hoping to beat his former club with some of the values he picked up at the City Ground.

Dyche was a young professional at Forest under legendary manager Brian Clough, before leaving to join nearby Chesterfield without making an appearance.

While also influenced by the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ray Lewington and John Duncan throughout his career, Dyche very much believed in what he learned at Forest, and said: “You don’t want to confuse players, and with Brian Clough it was very simple, in that he knew what he wanted and the players understood.

“Those old-fashioned values remain vital, respect, honesty, among other key core values - when you speak to successful teams and people, they always say you need talent and tactical awareness, you need to be fit and well, but it needs glueing together with pride, desire and passion.

“The team understand that, and I think the fans have taken great pride in that as well - they enjoy how the lads are going about their business. They know we can certainly compete on a weekly basis.”

Burnley go into the last 15 games second in the Championship, two points clear of next Saturday’s visitors Derby County in third, and five clear of Forest in fifth.

And Dyche echoes co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz’s hope that the area can get behind the side and pack Turf Moor in the remaining eight home games: “I understand how the economy is, and football is costly, but that support adds to the team, certainly. It really makes a difference.

“The fans have been brilliant, and I think they believe we will go hard every game.

“Like the Vince Lombardi saying, that Sir Alex Ferguson liked to use as well, ‘we didn’t lose the game, we just ran out of time’, and I like to think the fans have that kind of thinking about us, that we are giving everything to try and achieve success.”

Burnley go into tomorrow’s game with a fully-fit squad to select from, as Dyche said: “With not playing midweek, it’s allowed a couple of knocks to settle down.”