Dyche - "Bring on Boro!"

Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits he can't wait for kick-off tonight as Burnley look to knock Middlesbrough off their perch at Turf Moor.

Boro come to Burnley two points clear of the Clarets at the top of the Championship, with 12 to play for in the race for the Premier League.

Dyche expects both teams to go toe to toe on what is likely to be a pivotal night, and he said: "I'd expect them to come and try and deliver a performance like we will, they're a good side, they've spent heavily and they've spent wisely.

"A lot was made of my words early season, I don't know why for the life of me, it's a fact, they have spent heavily and wisely.

"I make that clear - wisely.

"When I spoke to the manager when we played up there, he made a strong case about how he'd reflected on last season and what they needed to go forward, and the chairman backed him, and they've delivered a really good season up to now.

"They'll be trying to take the game on, we try to take the game on home and away.

"We go to win every time we play, bring it on, we're ready!

"We can't wait for the whistle to blow."

With so much at stake, Dyche insists he is only interested in what would be a fine achievement to bounce back at the first attempt, with the £100m prize pot secondary: "The business side, we're in fantastic shape, so that is just a bonus. For me it's the idea of being in the Premier League, of being successful.

"I've always played for the drug of winning, it kept me going as a player, as a coach and as a manager.

"Second is development, I like to see players improve, the team, the ground, the club.

"Everyone knows the enormity of the Premier League, the kudos on the pitch, off the pitch the finance, and we are a good sign of that with what we're trying to achieve with the training ground etc.

"We're thirsty to be back in there of course, make no mistake, and if that brings nerves and tension, that's just the way it is with being successful at anything.

"It's very rare you get an easy ride.

"The players do take their head out of the sand, they know it's an important game, but every game is.

"Birmingham was. A lot is made of every game this stage of the season.

"We can only focus on ourselves and the next game, one game at a time.

"You have to know you can take care of your own business, it's in your control, that's the main focus.

"Then you reevaluate after each game.

"My mantra is the same, I'm thinking about what is now, not what is then, and tomorrow (tonight) is the next thing that counts."

Dyche will make a late check on striker Sam Vokes and midfielder Joey Barton: "We've still got a question mark over Vokesy and Joey, they were in for treatment today (Monday) and we'll decide tomorrow morning (today) whether they're fit to play.

"We're keen for the whole squad to be as fit as it can be, that's the main thing going into these remaining games, we've shown great signs with the players who have come in and affected it - Dean Marney, Ashley Barnes coming in on Saturday did fantastically well, physically, particularly Barnesy after such a long time out.

"We want everyone fit and well."