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Promotion not certain, says cautious Clarets chief Dyche
MANAGER Sean Dyche has told his Burnley players not to take promotion for granted as they enter the final countdown.
The Clarets have just 10 games left of a campaign which has rarely seen them outside the top two in the Championship table.
A 2-1 win over Leeds opened up a 10-point lead over third placed Derby on Saturday.
But ahead of this weekend’s game at relegation-threatened Charlton, Dyche warned against the gap lulling the players, or supporters, into a false sense of security with 30 points still left to play for.
“The next one’s Charlton, that’s all I focus on. We can’t focus beyond that. It’s one game at a time,” said Dyche, who insists his outlook has been the same from day one.
“It’s been clear since Cork (during pre-season training), the toil, the hard work, it can only be done one step at a time in any big achievement, and I’m really pleased with the clarity of thinking that the players have shown. But it is only so far.
“People think I’m playing it down but I’m not, it’s so far. We’ve got another challenging game again at the weekend.
“This division’s relentless and we have to be relentless in our thoughts to go and deliver performances.”
With just a week remaining of the emergency loan market Dyche’s attentions have also turned to reinforcements for the run-in.
Injury to Danny Ings has prompted the board to give the Clarets boss the green light to strengthen his strike force.
The smallest squad in the Championship, Burnley have used the least amount of players in the division this season, with Kieran Tripper, Sam Vokes and captain Jason Shackell all ever-presents in league and cup. Indeed, Trippier and Shackell have played every minute of every game.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton and midfielder David Jones are Championship ever-presents.
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