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Dyche ready to set record straight

Last Updated: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:44
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Sean Dyche is hoping that his Burnley side's wretched run in their biggest game can come to an end on Sunday.

The Clarets have not beaten local and bitter rivals Blackburn since April 1979 and since then have had to witness Rovers winning the Premier League and playing in Europe.

The power certainly seems to rest at Turf Moor at the moment, though, with Dyche's men sitting pretty in the top two and looking good for promotion.

Their place in the automatic spots is assured regardless of what happens on Saturday afternoon, and they could possibly even extend their advantage of the chasing pack on Sunday.

To do so they will have to buck an alarming trend but Dyche - whose three games against Blackburn have ended in 1-1 draws - is ready for the challenge.

"A couple of things have gone against us, but you can't guarantee that. What you can guarantee is your performance - and we look to go again," he told his club's official website.

"On reflection of the games we think we should have put this record to bed, but they're nothing to do with this next game.

"The form book always goes out of the window with these sort of games. In my experience it's almost like a cup game because it is that local derby.

"There are never any guarantees, but we're looking in good shape and were ready to go to Blackburn and when that whistle blows this team will be ready to give another performance, I'm sure of that."

The bedrock of Burnley's brilliant season has been the partnership of strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.

The unheralded duo have scored 36 goals between them and both have more than Blackburn's much-talked-about Jordan Rhodes.

Ings and Vokes and have been key to recent wins over Derby and Nottingham Forest too, and Dyche is hoping that the confidence garnered from those wins can show itself on Sunday.

"We go into the game very confident and in good spirits, knowing that really the expectation is on Blackburn because of the history," he added.

Blackburn may trail their old foes by some 20 points but have their own business to deal with.

They are six points shy of the play-offs - a number likely to be altered by kick-off - and are licking their wounds following a 4-0 defeat to Bolton last time out.

"Saturday has been put to bed quite quickly," striker Luke Varney told the club's official website.

"We are experienced enough to know we let everyone down, including ourselves.

"But we've got a big fixture coming up this weekend so we've turned our attention to it quite quickly.

"It's quite important to keep a level head when you come up to big, fierce derbies like this but come Saturday and Sunday we'll be buzzing and ready to go."

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