‘MAKE up for lost points’, that’s the message from Burnley boss Sean Dyche as his players prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Peterborough United.
The Clarets are still smarting from losing late on to Birmingham City last weekend, after wrongly being reduced to 10 men.
Dean Marney will be available to them this weekend, after their appeal against his three-match ban was successful.
But Dyche, who has catalogued six major incorrect refereeing calls in his Turf Moor tenure – three resulting in red cards – is out to avenge defeat, at the expense of a side who have lost 18 of their 28 games.
This is no time for sympathy.
“We’re looking for another three points on Saturday,” said Dyche on transfer deadline day.
“That’s probably the biggest story at the moment!”
While pleased with the outcome of Marney’s appeal, the consequences of his initial second-half dismissal – with the score at 1-1 and Burnley poised to continue a winning run – still smart.
“I’m really pleased with (the appeal) but I must say I’m not really too happy at the bigger picture,” said the Clarets chief.
“That’s six major decisions we’ve had go against us. When you look at that it obviously has an effect on the outcome of games.
“We’re a little bit aggrieved at that. All these clubs in the Championship are playing for a massive pot of gold, and of course the honour and the accolade of playing in the top flight, and this club recently went through that so they know how it feels.
“It’s something that I want to challenge to experience and it makes it even more difficult if you have big decisions go against you.
“The one on Saturday was, I thought, a real obvious one and I’m pleased to say the appeal saw it that way too, because I was flummoxed how Dean Marney could possibly get sent off last week.
“It doesn’t get us the points back, but at least the player can go again.”
And after seeing the gap to the play-offs grow one point to five last weekend, that’s exactly what Dyche intends to do when he goes toe-to-toe with Ferguson junior.
“I think Darren’s his own man. He’s got his own thoughts on what he wants to do,” he said.
“The impression I got when I used to play against him at Wrexham was that he was probably thinking beyond his playing career then at 30-ish, as I was.
“He thinks about the game and what he wants from his team.
“I think we all do, I’m not exaggerating just for Darren, but I probably know him slightly better than some, and I know Eoin Jess who was there as a coach with him.
“They are good people trying to do the right thing.”
Dyche added: “Darren is someone I respect in the game and he makes sure his teams are ready to try to win. Even this season they had a really tough run and bounced out of that with three wins on the bounce.
“They’re a force to be reckoned with, they have their own ups and downs, but we’ve got to believe in what we do.
“Despite a few decisions going against us we’ve done really well lately and looked a really promising side.
“We’ve looked like a side that can score and keep it tight. I’ve been really pleased with that.
“A little nudge in the wrong direction last week soon nudges back in the right direction.
“But it’s down to us going to Peterborough with a really solid mental attitude, good team shape and show our ability to go and win.”
Dyche hopes to welcome back top scorer Charlie Austin after missing the best part of six games with a hamstring injury.
Defender Michael Duff could also return from a similar strain although the game may come too early for Ben Mee.
“Charlie’s had a good couple of days,” said Dyche.
“Duffo’s back in training. Ben Mee’s just behind them, he's had a little niggle during his comeback – not a major setback but just slowed him down a little bit.
“But Charlie and Duffo have had a good few days so that’s promising and they go into the hat.”