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Dyche: I want to finish well above Blackburn
SEAN Dyche says he would love to offer Burnley fans the ultimate bragging rights, by finishing above Blackburn Rovers.
The Clarets manager admitted his main focus is on engineering the best possible end to the season for his team.
But he knows how much it would mean to supporters to look down on their bitter rivals. And he hopes it would go some way to making up for not taking maximum points from either derby this season.
“It’s very important from the point of view of the fans,” said the Burnley boss.
“From the point of view of a football manager you just want to finish as high as you can. You want points on the board, you want to be successful as a team. You want the fans to understand what you are trying to achieve and trying to do.
“That’s my aim and the players’ aim for sure.
“As a fanbase it’s local bragging rights. We all know that situation.
“We have had two derby games we could have taken maximum points from but it wasn’t to be.
“But from our overall point of view we are looking to build, give performances that will win and finish as high as we can. That’s all we’re interested in.”
Dyche would love the chance to set the East Lancashire derby record straight next season – providing Rovers achieve Championship survival.
Burnley’s bitter rivals have been plunged into chaos after sacking their third manager this season while just four points above the drop zone.
But if caretaker boss Gary Bowyer succeeds in keeping Rovers up, Dyche will relish the re-match after feeling his side had done enough to win both games, even with 10 men for the last half-hour on Sunday.
“It was a fantastic experience in both games. Obviously we wanted to win both and very nearly did for different reasons,” said the Burnley boss.
“They are massive games and I’ve come to really appreciate it and understand after having two of them home and away.
“Sunday was a very good game. Our lads were terrific I thought overall, including the 10-man spell. The way they delivered the tactical organisation was excellent. We deserved all three points.”
But Dyche admitted he was still smarting from the stoppage time equaliser which David Dunn scored from an offside position, after Burnley had led through Jason Shackell’s first-half goal.
“Jason knew straight away that it was offside. He was furious in the dressing room,” Dyche explained.
“When I checked the replays I went in to see the referee and officials afterwards and asked their view on it.
“They seemed quite happy with it (their decision), but I said ‘I think you might change your mind when you see it’. That’s often the case.
“It’s a tough occasion, refereeing the derby, but I don’t think we had our fair share of it, including the big moments.”
“We got our players ready, we worked hard with them to give them that chance. When it goes out of your hands it’s very difficult.”
Dyche faced different managers in both derbies.
Sunday’s showdown proved to be Appleton’s last game in charge of Blackburn.
“It’s the strangeness of football all round, if you look at the life span of a manager it’s getting less and less. The demands are there immediately,” said the Burnley boss.
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