Tuesday 20 February 2018

Sean Dyche urges Burnley to retain focus ahead of vital clash against QPR

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is confident his players can retain focus against QPR
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is confident his players can retain focus against QPR

On a day when Burnley can secure a return to the Barclays Premier League their manager Sean Dyche is confident his players will retain their focus.

With promotion rivals Brighton and Middlesbrough due to clash on the final day of the season, Dyche knows that if Chris Hughton's men slip up in the earlier kick-off against Derby on Bank Holiday Monday then a Burnley win against QPR at Turf Moor would take his team up.

Dyche insists his players will not be distracted by results elsewhere as they look to extend their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run to 22 games.

Dyche told Clarets Player: "There's a clear focus I talk about and I have said many times, we like to keep that clear focus. We try to mix high-quality work with common sense and some clarity, and that has served us well over time.

"We want the players to go and have the freedom to deliver. They understand how we operate - that's quite clear - and they understand how effective that can be. We keep it nice and simple for them."

Boro's failure to win at Birmingham on Friday evening has given Burnley the chance to secure their promotion with a victory against QPR, should Brighton's result go their way.

A win for Brighton against Derby followed by a draw at the Riverside on Saturday would see them edge out the Teessiders for automatic promotion.

Hughton told the club's official website, www.seagulls.co.uk: "There is certainly more pressure on the other two clubs because their expectations were different at the beginning of the season.

"It is a nice position to be in, but we don't want to avoid the pressure, we are welcoming it and if you have it, then it means you're close to success.

"It's a crucial period and the club and players are enjoying it. This is the closest opportunity we have had. Whether we gain promotion automatically or through the play-off system, we have an opportunity and we hope to grasp it."

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