Dyche Previews Derby Test

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Sean Dyche is keen for his side to maintain momentum from four straight wins ahead of the trip to Derby County on Monday night.

Burnley travel to the iPro Stadium to face the in-form Rams who have recorded two straight victories themselves, but Dyche insisted that he will not let the opposition change his side’s approach to the fixture.

“They are definitely a side that are considered to be one which can push on this season along with ourselves and a number of others,” said the 44-year-old.

“Whoever you play it is for three points, it ends up becoming irrelevant who you play. It’s about getting those three points from winning the match and that’s the main focus for our group.

“They’re a big club, and they’re remoulding a side themselves and they’ve spent a lot of money in doing so.

“But we believe heavily in what we do. We’ve always had that in-depth belief and so we don’t overthink the opposition.”

And Dyche is confident that the Claret’s early season winning run is a sign of things to come from his side.

He said: “I’ve been really pleased with the players, we’ve found different ways of winning and that’s important at any level of football but particularly in the Championship.

“We’re not finished as we are at the moment. The team is performing well and I thought there were a lot more signs of how we want the team to play against MK Dons.

“I don’t want to be too picky; we’re moulding a team together and that takes time but it has certainly accelerated that pattern within the team by getting four wins.

“The players have to take ownership and they do it very well; there is that real feel that we can continue to improve and on the other hand there is a settled thinking on what we’ve just done which is those four important wins.

“It’s about demanding again. I’ve been saying to the players that winning four games in a row owes you nothing.

“But they give you a good mental and physical shape and a good feel about the team and particularly the other night because we created a lot of goal scoring chances and of course we need that home and away.”

Burnley did the double over the Rams in their last Championship campaign and Dyke believes his squad possess the necessary mentality to take into a big game.

“A lot of our players have just come out of playing in the Premier League against some massive clubs, so that’s good experience for us and we’ll use that wisely,” he noted.

“The endeavour, the will and the demand, all the things that I ask for, are on show.”

Jason Shackell is set to line up for Paul Clement’s side after switching Turf Moor for the iPro in the summer, and Dyke believes the defender’s departure has ignited the form of Michael Keane.

“He [Shackell] was a fantastic servant to me and to the club before me. It will be good to see him we wish him well beyond Monday.

“[Michael] Keano is doing terrifically and he’s got the experience of [Michael] Duffo with him at the moment and he’s enjoying that. I think in their relationship they’ve ironed up a few little tweaks from early season and they’re looking in good form.”

And Dyke reiterated that his side’s focus remains exclusively on getting a result from their fifth away fixture of the season.

“It is only another three points; another great three points that we want to get of course but whoever you play it is for three points,” he added.

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