BULLISH Burnley boss Sean Dyche says there is no pressure on his side going into tomorrow’s derby, insisting: “The expectation is on Blackburn.”
The Clarets go into the showdown at Ewood Park having not won in any of their previous 11 meetings over the last 35 years.
And Dyche believes the emphasis is on Rovers to prolong the record, in their home game, rather than Burnley to end it.
“The expectation is on Blackburn because of the history,” said Dyche.
“We haven’t beaten them for 30-odd years.
“There’s a lot of expectation on them because they’ll be thinking we need to keep that record going.
“They’re at home and the record suggests we haven’t had that edge to beat them, so there will be a big expectation from their end of things.
“They’ve got to deal with that. They’ve got to come out and deliver a performance.
“We can go there with freedom. We want to play with freedom anyway.
“There is tremendous energy in the side, good organisation, and we feel we’ve got real ability.
“We’re aware of the opposition as ever, but we focus on what we can do.
“We’re certainly looking forward to the game.”
Dyche’s class of 2013/14 have already re-written the history books this season, first for recording their best start since 1897 by winning 10 of their first 13 league games. Saturday’s crucial home win over Derby County stretched their unbeaten home league run to 21 games – a post-war best sequence and third best of all time.
Dyche feels a derby win would fit in well with that mix.
“The basis of what we’ve done this season is working on each game as it comes,” he added.
“If you get your performance right you’ve got a better chance of getting the outcome you want.
“When you get the outcome you want, you do it often enough then things start coming towards you.
“You’re a magnet for all the good stuff and part of the good stuff this season has been the number of historical markers, which has been tremendous – a club as rich in its history as Burnley and we’re now part of it for many reasons.
“Of course we want to add to that tally.
“It makes sense to add to that tally.
“When that whistle blows this team will be ready to go and deliver a performance.
“The form book almost goes out of the window with these sort of games in my experience, it’s almost like a cup game.”