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Burnley travel to Stoke City tomorrow and that means a game against their manager Paul Lambert, once so close to becoming Burnley boss, since he was in charge of Blackburn Rovers for their 1-0 defeat at Burnley just over two years ago.

Lambert took over at Stoke from Mark Hughes, another former Blackburn boss, in January but has struggled to turn things round for them although he remains very confident that the Potters will still be in the Premier League next season.

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He saw his side conceded a late equaliser at West Ham in their last game. “It was a kick in the teeth, especially because we have been playing really well,” he said. “At the top end of the pitch we have created chances but we haven’t taken them. That little bit of composure has evaded us, and it has cost us a number of points.”

He added: “I can’t ask for any more from the players though, and as I sit and talk to you now, I know results haven’t been great, but morale is really good, believe me it is. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t be playing as well as we are.

“We will need the supporters on Sunday, the place will be absolutely bouncing. We all know that we have simply got to win three of the four matches we have remaining, regardless of where they come from. We need the stadium to be hostile on Sunday. We have to play with a real intensity and have the fire in the stomach. If we do that, which I believe we will do, then we have a chance.”

Lambert needs a win and that’s exactly what Sean Dyche wants for Burnley. “It was a tough one against Chelsea, but it’s a different style of game on Sunday,” he said. “They do need points.

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“We’ve shown that the appetite to win games is still there since reaching 40 points and we’ll go in with that winning mentality. The mentality of the players is good and the form in general is good. Stoke are fighting for their lives but we’re also fighting for a different objective.

“We’re in good shape and looking forward to the game on Sunday. Whatever their performance is, we need to make sure we’re ready and right to go and perform.  They have got a lot at stake at the moment and that can work either way.

“Some teams you have seen rise to that and some teams find it difficult and they have almost played within themselves, and a bit of lethargy can come from that kind of feeling. We flirted with that ourselves last season for a little bit and then came away from it and we went through it the first time we were in the Premier League, and it’s tough. You can’t always flick the switch. It’s a human emotion to get out there so I don’t think we can over think whether they are going to come flying out of the traps.

“Our main job, as always, is to register what we’re going to do. I think I continue to see my team motivated and there’s no reason to question that, and then when the whistle blows, that’s when the real work happens.”

He added: “I think we’ve shown that even with us getting to the first big marker, which was obviously 40 points, that the players have still got the appetite to play and the appetite to win games is still there. I thought it was there again against Chelsea. In the end they were too strong for us but the mentality was there.

“We want that to go into every game so there are no question marks over my group, to go into Sunday with that winning mentality because that’s what we’ve had and that’s what we want to keep improving at. That’s what I look for.”

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