Sean Dyche hoping to add to Watford misery

Head-to-head: Sean Dyche comes up against former club Watford and their manager Gianfranco Zola tonight
Head-to-head: Sean Dyche comes up against former club Watford and their manager Gianfranco Zola tonight
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Clarets boss Sean Dyche takes no pleasure in Watford’s current malaise, but he hopes to deepen the gloom tonight.

Dyche was replaced as Hornets boss last summer, with the Pozzo family completing a takeover and installing Gianfranco Zola as manager.

Zola took Watford to the play-off final last term, losing out to Crystal Palace at Wembley, and hopes were high again this term.

But Yeovil Town inflicted a shock fourth-successive home defeat on Saturday, and Watford are without a win in six, having slipped out of the top six, down to 10th, 12 points adrift of Burnley in second place.

But Dyche is not going to gloat at how things have turned out, and he admitted he hasn’t given it a second thought: “Genuinely not, and I mean that sincerely. If you ask my family, friends - I’m just not built that way.

“I’ve enjoyed every experience I’ve had in football.

“I had my worst time as a player at Bristol City but there’s no angle when I go back there, there’s no angle to my thoughts on the club.

“I actually learnt more in two years there than I probably did for the rest of my career to be honest through having a real tough time.

“But I had a great time at Watford. I remember the good things about what my career was as a player and as a coach and manager but I focus on what we’re doing here and I’m enjoying every day that goes by at Burnley Football Club.

“The challenges are obvious, you’ll have seen that with what’s gone on in the market over the last couple of weeks with the changes in managers.

“I’m part of that, but I enjoy that challenge. I think every manager does to be honest.”

Dyche is just focusing on getting his team to, as he likes to say, “go hard” from the first whistle tonight, after a slow start in the defeat at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, a first defeat in 13 league games: “We’ve spoken about it to the players before the last few games.

“After six or seven games it’s ‘good old Burnley’, after 10 it’s like ‘they seem to be doing a bit’, you get to 16 people say ‘hang on, these are decent’ and they take you even more seriously.

“That’s been on show. They (Huddersfield) came out very hard, pressed us and made it difficult for us, we didn’t use the ball cleverly, we didn’t extend the pitch enough if I’m honest.

“The second half was completely different. Not just the energy but the quality and the delivery.

“We created enough chances I thought to get back even despite the decisions that went against us.

“But it’s a reminder to us how tough this division is. We know that anyway.

“We’re still right up there and we’re deserving of the position we’re in so it’s important we re-focus on what we’re about and get ready to deliver from the first whistle because we’re up there for a reason - because we’re a good side.

“They (Huddersfield) raised their levels and in the second half when we started to raise ours again we showed what a good side we are.”

He added: “First things first, our team has to be mentally ready and understanding of what teams are trying to do.

“We’re up there for a reason and we’ve got to be ready for teams being at you and playing and passing and scoring goals.

“The second half was back to where we are, back to what we can do, back to what we can achieve pretty much but by then it was pretty difficult because the big decisions had gone against us.

“But we have to bring that second half into the next performance.”

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