We will put out a side we think can win the game
For the third time since New Year’s Eve, Sunderland boss David Moyes will come up against Burnley and Sean Dyche tonight as our two sides lock horns in an FA Cup 3rd round replay.
The game at the Stadium of Light ended goalless which brings Moyes back to Turf Moor just two and a half weeks since his last visit and he’s pleased to see his team have another chance of winning the tie.
“I’m glad we are still in the cup with a chance of getting through,” he said. “I’d like to get through if I can. I won’t sacrifice it over the Premier League, but in the same breath I’d like to go through.
“We haven’t decided yet on what team we’ve got or what we’ll go with. I’ve been here long enough and seen them (u23 squad) play regularly so I have an idea about them. Some are very young and hopefully will develop into really good players, that’s what we hope will happen.”
He added: “We have played quite well at home recently. If you look at our record, you’ll say we’ve done okay, had some good results, had a great performance against Liverpool and got a good solid draw out of it.”
Dyche, looking back at the first game at Sunderland said: “I enjoyed the performance. A lot was made of it from other people saying it was a quiet performance and not a good game but I was certainly pleased with my players.
“I enjoyed the performance and we certainly made enough chances to win the game. We didn’t, so now we’ve got to try and do it again.
If I make changes, I believe in our squad. There’s a depth to our squad now, better than we’ve had in the past so when you think that changes are Joey Barton, Steven Defour, James Tarkowski and the likes, I don’t think we’re trying to disrespect anyone. They are very good players.
“We will be trying to win the game, without a shadow of a doubt. That’s what our focus is. We still put out a strong side. We’ve got a deeper squad and I trust all of them. It’s just that I can only pick eleven at a time and generally, I think it’s fair to say, the league form has been strong. Therefore, I haven’t messed around so much with the league side, although there have been changes and changes in formation.
“We felt it was appropriate at Sunderland and may well look at that again. I felt the team was strong enough to go and win at Sunderland. It didn’t, but it gave me enough to show me it could win that game.
“Whether we make changes again or not is another decision. We will put out a side we think can win the game.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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