We're taking nothing for granted, says Burnley boss Dyche

FORMER Claret Micky Mellon comes back to the club he loves tomorrow, but with the intention of causing an upset.

The Scot had two good years at Turf Moor.

He was a hero of their promotion into the now Championship in 2000, scoring in the 2-1 win at Scunthorpe United to secure runner’s up spot at the end of his first full season.

But he intends to be the villain this afternoon.

Mellon returns to his old stomping ground in temporary charge of bottom club Barnsley following David Flitcroft’s dismissal after a 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City last weekend.

He got his tenure off to an impressive start, with a 2-1 midweek win at Brighton, and wants to back that up with another big win at Burnley.

But Sean Dyche has no intention of letting Mellon dismantle the Clarets’ fortress.

Not since March 11, when Hull triumphed 1-0 in front of the Sky cameras on the road to second spot and a place in the Premier League, have Burnley suffered defeat at home.

And Dyche wants that proud record to continue to keep in touch at the top of the Championship.

“I think it’s a team mentality, I think it’s a mentality of the club. We want to make it a hard place for teams to come – we’ve certainly done that, and got plenty of wins along the way,” said the Clarets boss.

“It’s an important marker, but I think our away form’s been excellent too.

“Our form in general has been excellent.”

Burnley spent two months at the top of the table thanks to a seven-game winning streak amid a 12-game unbeaten run that was ended last weekend by Huddersfield Town – only their second defeat in the league.

Five games without a league win has seen them fall to third place, albeit still only one point off the top.

But Dyche has no concerns about his Clarets.

“To go through a Championship season and expect to have it all your own way all the time – it’s not impossible but it’s unlikely,” he said.

“There are things that have gone against us that are our of our control, but we control the controllables.

“That’s what we maintain, that’s what we look to build on and work on continually to get even better performances.”

A managerial change means it is perhaps harder to predict Barnsley’s tactics, with their midweek win at Brighton serving as a reminder that the division is impossible to predict.

“That’s the Championship,” said Dyche.

“And it’s that strangeness of a change in manager.

“The stats say it makes an initial change then not long-term changes – often, but not always. We like to think we’ve made long-term changes here, but there are no whys or wherefores.

“But it does happen. We just have to make sure it doesn’t happen to us.

“But you can’t take anything for granted. We certainly don’t, and I’m sure others don’t either.

“You have to plan accordingly for each challenge as it comes and we are. We are always ready.”

Sometimes that involves second guessing the opposition, with teams showing increasing respect towards Burnley this season, given their length of stay in first place, by altering their style of play and becoming more defensive – both home and away.

“Watford set out and tried to build on counter attacks, and generally didn’t get that to happen too well,” said Dyche.

“That’s a tough way of playing and probably not natural to them.

“Most teams have come to play. They want to try to progress and try to beat us.

“We’ve found different ways of coping with most different tactical plays. I think we’ve been happy with the way we’ve done that.

“There were real positives in the performance the other night, and that one goal changes the whole feel of it.

“We were close to getting that, but the final moment of clarity just eluded us for probably one of the first times this season.”

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12:10pm Sat 7 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today.
Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player
A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today. Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player FakeVilla_MTCabinet

12:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

burnleyfan4life says...

Villa - you must have nothing else to do - go outside take a look around - there is so much more to life than just awaiting burnley news to comment on - they are not even your team - YOU SAD SAD SAD LONELY EXCUSE OF AN INDIVIDUAL
Villa - you must have nothing else to do - go outside take a look around - there is so much more to life than just awaiting burnley news to comment on - they are not even your team - YOU SAD SAD SAD LONELY EXCUSE OF AN INDIVIDUAL burnleyfan4life

12:20pm Sat 7 Dec 13

stevieclaret says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today.
Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player
Unhappy??? Read his quotes. He is happy playing his football and scoring goals. Who r u trying to wind up here - yourself???
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today. Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player[/p][/quote]Unhappy??? Read his quotes. He is happy playing his football and scoring goals. Who r u trying to wind up here - yourself??? stevieclaret

12:30pm Sat 7 Dec 13

RobH2O says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today.
Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player
What evidence do you have for anyone taking the lead of 5 points we had for granted (not withstanding that QPR had a game in hand for much of that time).? You just make it up as you go along because of cerebral deficiency. To lose on from five, draw the remaining four and be 1 point from the top is not a massive slump in fortunes. I am glad you predict a draw today because i have a suspicion that your predictive ability and analytical ability are similar - non-existent. I hope that Rovers beat QPR today. 8-)
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today. Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player[/p][/quote]What evidence do you have for anyone taking the lead of 5 points we had for granted (not withstanding that QPR had a game in hand for much of that time).? You just make it up as you go along because of cerebral deficiency. To lose on from five, draw the remaining four and be 1 point from the top is not a massive slump in fortunes. I am glad you predict a draw today because i have a suspicion that your predictive ability and analytical ability are similar - non-existent. I hope that Rovers beat QPR today. 8-) RobH2O

12:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

McClaret says...

fake bristols excelling again.
fake bristols excelling again. McClaret

1:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

It'll be hard hanging on to him now he's handed in a transfer request. Still who can blame him.
It'll be hard hanging on to him now he's handed in a transfer request. Still who can blame him. FakeVilla_MTCabinet

2:19pm Sat 7 Dec 13

u owe u owe says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
It'll be hard hanging on to him now he's handed in a transfer request. Still who can blame him.
More chance of a mass exodus from deadwood, rats leaving the sinking ship.
It would seem you really ought to seek out medical help, before you get sectioned. Your delusional, and all because you cannot cope with how poor wovers really are.,
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: It'll be hard hanging on to him now he's handed in a transfer request. Still who can blame him.[/p][/quote]More chance of a mass exodus from deadwood, rats leaving the sinking ship. It would seem you really ought to seek out medical help, before you get sectioned. Your delusional, and all because you cannot cope with how poor wovers really are., u owe u owe

5:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

u owe u owe says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today.
Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player
Seems like the crystal meths ain't working, thanks to the venky boys, we've s top again. Cheers agent GB. UTC
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today. Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player[/p][/quote]Seems like the crystal meths ain't working, thanks to the venky boys, we've s top again. Cheers agent GB. UTC u owe u owe

5:40pm Sat 7 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

u owe u owe wrote:
FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today.
Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player
Seems like the crystal meths ain't working, thanks to the venky boys, we've s top again. Cheers agent GB. UTC
Yes there is much to celebrate with your cricket score victory over the new Brazil
Barnsley 60% posession, who was at home??
11400 watching the slo mo train wreck.
Can't wait until you play a real opponent. Wheels well and truly off it was like watching two non league sides according to the radio
[quote][p][bold]u owe u owe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks ago you were taking being 5 points clear for granted, since the slump kicked in you are now 1 point behind, thats a massive slump in fortunes. I think it will continue and will predict a draw aginst Barnsley today. Also, if ings wants to leave you should just let him go instead of hanging on to an unhappy player[/p][/quote]Seems like the crystal meths ain't working, thanks to the venky boys, we've s top again. Cheers agent GB. UTC[/p][/quote]Yes there is much to celebrate with your cricket score victory over the new Brazil Barnsley 60% posession, who was at home?? 11400 watching the slo mo train wreck. Can't wait until you play a real opponent. Wheels well and truly off it was like watching two non league sides according to the radio FakeVilla_MTCabinet

7:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

u owe u owe says...

Put the spade down, as the hole your digging just getting deeper.
Difference between the clarets and wovers is we can afford to take a back seat, and still come away with a win. 3 points was achieved job done.
Commentator for the BBC had nothing to say about wovers first half, 'finished writing his christmas cards' the only comment he made. And only got interested in the match when it resembled a wrestling match mid second
half. Clueless truly clueless. Hanging on by fingernails, by fair or foul means. Still Wovers tactics did gift us top spot.
Put the spade down, as the hole your digging just getting deeper. Difference between the clarets and wovers is we can afford to take a back seat, and still come away with a win. 3 points was achieved job done. Commentator for the BBC had nothing to say about wovers first half, 'finished writing his christmas cards' the only comment he made. And only got interested in the match when it resembled a wrestling match mid second half. Clueless truly clueless. Hanging on by fingernails, by fair or foul means. Still Wovers tactics did gift us top spot. u owe u owe

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