We have to make sure we have a clear focus
Wolves are our visitors tomorrow and that brings Kenny Jackett back to Turf Moor as a manager for the first time since he was in charge of Millwall back in September 2012 when goals from Ben Mee, his first for Burnley, and Charlie Austin earned us a point in a controversial 2-2 draw.
Jackett is now in his third season in charge of Wolves. He won promotion back to the Championship in his first season and followed that up by just missing out on last season’s play-offs. This season has been more difficult and they are right in the middle of the table with Jackett saying there is still much to play for.
“Results are the big one,” he said. “Performances, promise for next year and improvement as a team and individuals, and then we’ll see where that takes us.
“The pressure is very much on us to finish the season very well and if you’re looking at the age of this group, this group has to progress, has to settle down.
“Hopefully we don’t get any more injuries and we can work with the group that we have and bring one or two back which will be great between now and the end of the season. We need to finish strongly and, at the right time, give one or two younger players the opportunity to shine and then really be able to go into summer looking to build for next year.”
Speaking about us, he said: “They’re a very good side, obviously the league table doesn’t lie. They’ve come out of the Premier League and managed to maintain a terrific position which they are still in now.
“It’s a big challenge and we want to test ourselves against the best, and against a side that are top of the league. They have a strong squad and they’ve accumulated very wisely. They’ve brought Gray and they’ve built around him, he’s been a pretty big player for them and they’ve kept him fit, so their league position was expected and they’ve disappointed nobody after coming out of the Premier League and they’re in a very good position.
“We would love to be up there and competing with them, bridging that gap between mid-table and one of the top sides is what we are working hard to do.
“On any one off game though predicting in the Championship is very hard to do. We respect Burnley and we’ll be going up there to try and give them problems and continue to improve and build ourselves.”
Sean Dyche has said that we will continue to look to win every game as we chase the points needed to win a potential second promotion to the Premier League in two years.
He said: “The simple reality is if you take care of your own business and do it well with performances, roughly speaking you get what you want. I’m certainly not looking to where we can pick points up in upcoming games. Everyone knows I go out to win every game, home or away.
“That’s our intention and I make that clear to the players; we are going to win the game. That’s one thing that’s a given, and once we have that mentality, everyone knows it and it’s served us well over time.
“The simple fact remains that if you get your business right this week and the week after, you are like a magnet and everything comes towards you.”
He added: “We are happy that the superlatives are getting used about the team and the club, because that means you are going well. The focus here though does remain on the next game and I don’t just speak to the media about that. I mention it all the time to the players. That clarity of thought keeps you grounded and ready for the next challenge. It’s as simple as that.
“We have to make sure we have a clear focus on what is directly in front of us and not worrying about all the noise from the outside, so bring it on.”
Wolves were his first opposition as Burnley manager back in November 2012, and he said of the Wolves team of today: “They have been a bit up and down, but Kenny has done a good job over a number of years there and he’s got them back to a stable position.
“I think everyone would agree they are certainly a big enough club to be in the Championship, if not the Premier League.
“They are trying to earn the right, like everyone else, and I know Kenny won’t just let the season fizzle out for no reason. He will be wanting them to play well, so it’s another exciting challenge for us back at Turf Moor.
“We’ve had three of the last four away from here and we’ve three of the next four here, so we are looking forward to that and the fans here can play a really important part with their patience. It’s hard to dominate every game and get every performance right, so that patience is required from a fan base and it’s vital they keep believing in the lads and helping them.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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