The last one doesn’t owe you the next one
Burnley travel to Huddersfield tomorrow and it is a first meeting with new Huddersfield boss David Wagner who replaced Chris Powell earlier in the season.
With players coming back from injury, he said there will be changes. He said: “Tomorrow it would be a surprise if the starting eleven is the one that was on the pitch on Tuesday. That is only because of fresh legs. On Tuesday we gave the starting eleven from the previous game another opportunity from the beginning and they did well, but as everybody knows I like to bring fresh players on the grass in a week where he have three games.
He said of the game: “It will be a totally different game from Tuesday, of course, but our target is the same as in every game; to get all three points.
“I don’t have to speak too much about Burnley, as everyone knows about them. It is totally clear who is the favourite and I don’t have a problem with that. We have to make sure we compete with Burnley.
“They cannot enjoy the game; they must feel uncomfortable on the pitch. If we can do this, we will be in a good way. As always, we must also bring our identity to the pitch. If we do this, we have shown very often that we are not so bad.
“I like this challenge. For me, we can play them every weekend. In the past we haven’t been as successful as we can be against the top six of the table, but you can only learn by playing against them. We like to develop and we need the results in these games to make the next step. Tomorrow we have another chance, this time at home.”
Sean Dyche has, and fresh from winning the February Manager of the Month Award, said: “I’m pleased having had the award before on behalf of the staff and the players. It’s a group effort what we do, it’ my job to take the reins of it but I believe wholeheartedly in what they do so I’m pleased for them and the supporters as well.
“I’ve been really happy with the season and how the players are performing but obviously in the last couple of months we’ve been very strong. There is a strong will and desire which has been seen in the last couple of victories. Certainly the Bolton and Blackburn games because that was about digging in.
“That was on a day when you’re not on your game, the opposition are and you have to dig in and find a way of winning. The Fulham game was slightly different as we weren’t so good in the first half but in the second we were strong again and saw the game out rightly.
“Before those three I thought some of our football has been terrific, so it’s about finding that mixture of different ways to win to glue it all together. There’s plenty of that and there’s plenty of belief. It’s the right mix so it’s about how far we can take it.”
The Clarets travel to Huddersfield tomorrow with Dyche warning: “Everyone is a dangerous opposition, no matter what the circumstances or their position. The last one doesn’t owe you the next one.
“I say it all the time because I mean it and we take every game seriously. The biggest show of that were Bolton as they were having a tough time on and off the pitch and yet against us they were very good.
“We didn’t take them for granted and we certainly won’t take Huddersfield for granted or anyone else for that matter.
“They’re in the division for a reason, it’s a tough division and a tough ask. We make sure we show clarity to our thoughts on what we want to deliver. That’s our intention.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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