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Leeds are at Burnley tomorrow and that means a first game against the Clarets for their manager Steve Evans. He was in charge of Rotherham when we faced Leeds at the start of the season but had lost that job by the time we got to the New York Stadium at the start of October. By Leeds standards, he’s had a long run in the job since replacing Uwe Rösler.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, he said: “I think they (Burnley) will be in the Premier League at the end of this season. They have six matches to go and Sean will target every home win, every three points are huge.

“They got a draw in midweek and got some criticism. I wish I was getting some criticism sitting in Sean Dyche’s place. He has done a marvellous job. He has stuck by his main core group and it’s no surprise to me that they’re top of the league, but, if we play as well as we can play, like we have shown at times this season, it’s game on.

“Burnley need to win the game, but it’s very evident that we have our own pressures. We want to win the game for Leeds United fans who will once again turn out in huge numbers.”

1415 burnley sean dyche 00 630x420He’s asked his players to create more in the final third. “I think we’ve dominated the ball a lot,” he added. “The first objective in a game of football is to get the ball and what you do with it then is key.

“I think we have enough players who are wholehearted and have the desire to get us the ball. I think we’ve had some outstanding periods of football but I’d like to see us being more creative in the final third, especially when you have someone like Chris Wood who is likely to score a goal.

“It’s the same with Mirco Antenucci. If you make him a chance, he’ll score you a goal. We need to be making more chances because I believe our conversion rate would be quite high given the quality of strikers that we’re working with.”

Sean Dyche, speaking about our form since the Boxing Day defeat against Hull, said: “It’s eleven wins, six draws, 33 goals and only ten conceded in the run and I’m proud of that.

“There’s a lot of good news coming through the club at the minute and a lot to celebrate for ourselves and the fans. However, we only reflect on it as a journey to where we are now. It’s important we continue with that strong mentality and quality we’re showing.

“The best run in 34 years is another marker in history and I think it’s an amazing achievement in the modern game and at this level of competition, but we want to be folklore. We want to be part of the magic number of teams who have come down from the Premier League and got straight back up there. That’s our main drive and our main thirst.”

It all kicked off at Leeds back in August but since: “We’ve morphed into a strong side. It wasn’t that we weren’t originally, it’s more that we’ve changed personnel and now there is a different dimension to the way the team operates.

“Leeds have had their fair share of ups and downs, both on and off the pitch, but we don’t concern ourselves with their world. Our main thought is not to worry about everyone else, that’s for everyone else to throw around, the pundits and the press men.

“Our only thought is to take care of our business. We’re not happy to cut someone else’s lawn, we’d rather cut our own lawn.”

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