BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche has told his players to “go and deliver” as they are faced with the chance to take top spot on Saturday.
With leaders Leicester City drawing their last two games while the Clarets have taken maximum points – following up Saturday’s 3-0 win at Charlton with a 2-0 home win over Doncaster a Rovers on Tuesday – the gap to first place has shrunk to three points ahead of this weekend’s top two clash.
Second placed Burnley would have to win by two clear goals to topple the leaders on goal difference.
But while Dyche does not wish to get sidetracked by permutations, after six wins from seven on a 16-game unbeaten streak he wants his side to do what it takes to keep their run going.
“It’s a chance to deliver another performance. That’s how I look at it,” said the Burnley manager.
“It’s been a key to our feel within the group all season – a chance to go and deliver again, when the whistle blows we’re ready.
“We’ve been ready for every game this season, it's important we’re ready again on Saturday.”
Doncaster boss Paul Dickov is, like many, convinced the Clarets will be playing Premier League football again next season.
But while mathematics dictate their fate, Dyche is refusing to take anything for granted.
“They’re kind words from Paul but the reality is we’ve had a focus on every game as it comes all season. Old cliche or not that’s the mantra to the players.
“I reminded them straight after the game, it was a great result but the (next) game’s going to come around quickly.
“Enjoy the win, but the day after we already start refocusing. Rest easy, get your fluid and your food in because on Thursday (today) we’re ready to go again to the next game.”
Meanwhile, Burnley will be without influential midfielder Dean Marney after he picked up his 10th booking in midweek. Punishment starts immediately and means suspension from the next two games.
But Dyche remains as pragmatic as ever. That’s the reality. I think there have been some blows recently haven’t there? Everyone keeps saying. But the machine keeps rolling and that’s what I'm looking for it to do,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for others to step in and do well.
“I don’t overthink it, it’s just the reality of having a small squad and what happens.”