Pressure is on Blackburn Rovers, says Burnley boss Dyche

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

BULLISH Burnley boss Sean Dyche says there is no pressure on his side going into tomorrow’s derby, insisting: “The expectation is on Blackburn.”

The Clarets go into the showdown at Ewood Park having not won in any of their previous 11 meetings over the last 35 years.

And Dyche believes the emphasis is on Rovers to prolong the record, in their home game, rather than Burnley to end it.

“The expectation is on Blackburn because of the history,” said Dyche.

“We haven’t beaten them for 30-odd years.

“There’s a lot of expectation on them because they’ll be thinking we need to keep that record going.

“They’re at home and the record suggests we haven’t had that edge to beat them, so there will be a big expectation from their end of things.

“They’ve got to deal with that. They’ve got to come out and deliver a performance.

“We can go there with freedom. We want to play with freedom anyway.

“There is tremendous energy in the side, good organisation, and we feel we’ve got real ability.

“We’re aware of the opposition as ever, but we focus on what we can do.

“We’re certainly looking forward to the game.”

Dyche’s class of 2013/14 have already re-written the history books this season, first for recording their best start since 1897 by winning 10 of their first 13 league games. Saturday’s crucial home win over Derby County stretched their unbeaten home league run to 21 games – a post-war best sequence and third best of all time.

Dyche feels a derby win would fit in well with that mix.

“The basis of what we’ve done this season is working on each game as it comes,” he added.

“If you get your performance right you’ve got a better chance of getting the outcome you want.

“When you get the outcome you want, you do it often enough then things start coming towards you.

“You’re a magnet for all the good stuff and part of the good stuff this season has been the number of historical markers, which has been tremendous – a club as rich in its history as Burnley and we’re now part of it for many reasons.

“Of course we want to add to that tally.

“It makes sense to add to that tally.

“When that whistle blows this team will be ready to go and deliver a performance.

“The form book almost goes out of the window with these sort of games in my experience, it’s almost like a cup game.”

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3:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

the usher says...

This all kidology. Burnley are plying far better football as the league table shows. On paper at the moment I would expect Burnley to win 2-0, and I also expect them to get promoted as Burnley and Leicester are the best teams in the Championship. This is from a born and bred Blackburnian.
This all kidology. Burnley are plying far better football as the league table shows. On paper at the moment I would expect Burnley to win 2-0, and I also expect them to get promoted as Burnley and Leicester are the best teams in the Championship. This is from a born and bred Blackburnian. the usher
  • Score: 6

3:53pm Sat 8 Mar 14

leitchy says...

#mindgames
#mindgames leitchy
  • Score: -1

4:10pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevewhipp says...

Well, I've put a cheeky fiver on a 0-3 Burnley win. So here's hoping!
Well, I've put a cheeky fiver on a 0-3 Burnley win. So here's hoping! stevewhipp
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jim 2012 says...

the pressure is on burnley not Blackburn
Blackburn do not have to win just don't lose
the pressure is on burnley not Blackburn Blackburn do not have to win just don't lose jim 2012
  • Score: -5

5:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

Its a bonus now game for Burnley, following Millwalls great win at Derby. Win tomorrow and we would be 8 points clear. Pressure off.
Its a bonus now game for Burnley, following Millwalls great win at Derby. Win tomorrow and we would be 8 points clear. Pressure off. FCBurnley
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevieclaret says...

Pressure is off us slightly because of derby's result today. Pressure is on rovers if they av play off aspirations. I'm confident bout tomorrow but not over confident. I think both teams will score so who can score 2 or 3. I'm goin for a 1 a piece again.
Pressure is off us slightly because of derby's result today. Pressure is on rovers if they av play off aspirations. I'm confident bout tomorrow but not over confident. I think both teams will score so who can score 2 or 3. I'm goin for a 1 a piece again. stevieclaret
  • Score: -3

6:03pm Sat 8 Mar 14

twquick says...

It is all about opportunity for Burnley now. Thank you Millwall! GO CLARETS!!
It is all about opportunity for Burnley now. Thank you Millwall! GO CLARETS!! twquick
  • Score: 7

6:25pm Sat 8 Mar 14

eddyo says...

stevewhipp wrote:
Well, I've put a cheeky fiver on a 0-3 Burnley win. So here's hoping!
A fiver! What cash? All of it? Big time Stevie. You go for it!
[quote][p][bold]stevewhipp[/bold] wrote: Well, I've put a cheeky fiver on a 0-3 Burnley win. So here's hoping![/p][/quote]A fiver! What cash? All of it? Big time Stevie. You go for it! eddyo
  • Score: -3

6:58pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

But we have nothing to play for as we're only a mid-table side so hence we have nothing to look to but whereas with Derby losing today, Burnley have a massive chance to create a big gap from 2nd to 3rd. I have to concede that I think Burnley will have too much for us on the day.
But we have nothing to play for as we're only a mid-table side so hence we have nothing to look to but whereas with Derby losing today, Burnley have a massive chance to create a big gap from 2nd to 3rd. I have to concede that I think Burnley will have too much for us on the day. Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jogalot says...

Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole.

God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.
Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole. God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley. jogalot
  • Score: -8

7:21pm Sat 8 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

jogalot wrote:
Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole.

God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.
This Derby is more important than the Championship or any other game? The whole feel good factor Burnley need etc. What in hell have you been drinking? If we lose will be sick for 24hrs, but we'll get over it. We'll still be 5pts clear in 2nd place. The Leicester game is more important. It's a six pointer. Winning promotion is more important.
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole. God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.[/p][/quote]This Derby is more important than the Championship or any other game? The whole feel good factor Burnley need etc. What in hell have you been drinking? If we lose will be sick for 24hrs, but we'll get over it. We'll still be 5pts clear in 2nd place. The Leicester game is more important. It's a six pointer. Winning promotion is more important. RobH2O
  • Score: 5

7:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

jogalot wrote:
Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole.

God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.
And then you woke up and realised that what you thought was a nightmare is in fact reality.... Burnley REALLY ARE 5 points clear with a game in hand over 3rd place and a far superior goal difference, and they REALLY DO have a team that is up there with the best in the division and playing quality football that recently drew comparisons with Barcelona.

How miserable it must be for Blackburn fans to witness this immense season for the Clarets, even more so when they are having such an abysmal season themselves.

Your comment serves to highlight not only your jealousy, but also you bitterness that we have now completely overtaken Blackburn Rovers as the dominant force.

And once that filthy, urine stained comfort blanket is finally ripped from your slimy fingers tomorrow, perhaps then we will see some decency from the Blackburn fans, the ones that have the bottle to show themselves on here that is.... but I wont hold my breath.
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole. God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.[/p][/quote]And then you woke up and realised that what you thought was a nightmare is in fact reality.... Burnley REALLY ARE 5 points clear with a game in hand over 3rd place and a far superior goal difference, and they REALLY DO have a team that is up there with the best in the division and playing quality football that recently drew comparisons with Barcelona. How miserable it must be for Blackburn fans to witness this immense season for the Clarets, even more so when they are having such an abysmal season themselves. Your comment serves to highlight not only your jealousy, but also you bitterness that we have now completely overtaken Blackburn Rovers as the dominant force. And once that filthy, urine stained comfort blanket is finally ripped from your slimy fingers tomorrow, perhaps then we will see some decency from the Blackburn fans, the ones that have the bottle to show themselves on here that is.... but I wont hold my breath. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 3

7:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

jogalot wrote:
Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole.

God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.
It's your Cup Final not ours. We've played and won bigger games than this recently. Now jog on!

#biggerfishtofry
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: Pressure is on Bumley because they haven't won for 35 years. This derby is more important than the championship or any other game this season. The whole feelgood factor of Burnley and Bumley fans rests on this game. If they don't win, especially as they are doing relatively very well this season, the depression, doubts and despair will set in and all the psychological complexes and delusions will multiply once again turning the wrong end of the M65 into an even bigger hell hole. God help Bumley if they don't win. I think all Rovers fans, the team, the manager and the staff should show more compassion and pity than they've ever shown and let the knuckledraggers win for once. We haven't much to play for really and to give Bumley the gift of feeling normal would be the greatest gift. Trouble is they would still blow it, so I'm afraid Rovers will win 1-0 no matter what they do to throw the game. God help Bumley.[/p][/quote]It's your Cup Final not ours. We've played and won bigger games than this recently. Now jog on! #biggerfishtofry Manuel Hung
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jogalot says...

Oooh! I touched a nerve there! I said you were playing very well this season and I have no jealousy against Bumley at all. I wish you all the best.

But I do wish Rovers would do better and get their act together again.

But this derby is still the most important game of the season for Bumley for the reasons already stated. You all sound very confident but have you put money on it? Inside you're all scared you'll never break the hoodoo and I bet you haven't. Que sera, sera.
Oooh! I touched a nerve there! I said you were playing very well this season and I have no jealousy against Bumley at all. I wish you all the best. But I do wish Rovers would do better and get their act together again. But this derby is still the most important game of the season for Bumley for the reasons already stated. You all sound very confident but have you put money on it? Inside you're all scared you'll never break the hoodoo and I bet you haven't. Que sera, sera. jogalot
  • Score: 0

11:36pm Sat 8 Mar 14

twquick says...

"?..the depression, doubts and despair will set in." Hahaha wow, that's an awful lot to expect from a single defeat. You genuinely pray for such a thing, don't you? Sorry to burst your bubble but if the Rovers do play out of their minds and win, Burnley and all Clarets fans will be just fine. GO CLARETS!!
"?..the depression, doubts and despair will set in." Hahaha wow, that's an awful lot to expect from a single defeat. You genuinely pray for such a thing, don't you? Sorry to burst your bubble but if the Rovers do play out of their minds and win, Burnley and all Clarets fans will be just fine. GO CLARETS!! twquick
  • Score: 1

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