Burnley boss to put Poyet to the test

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

SEAN Dyche has studied football with Gus Poyet. He is hoping to put him to the test tomorrow.

The two managers were in the classroom together for their Pro Licence course.

They will be in opposite dug-outs at the Amex Stadium.

Poyet demonstrated his extravagant nature when the two sides met their last season.

Taking exception to the referee’s hold on the game, and two red cards for his team in the opening 10 minutes, the former Spurs and Chelsea midfielder stormed down the tunnel.

He later admitted he would have got into his car and driven home had the gates to the south coast ground not been closed.

“He’s a good character,” smiled Dyche.

“I got on really well with him; he’s got a nice nature, he’s quirky.

“I was with him on the Pro Licence course during the World Cup, Uruguay had won their game and he said, ‘I will have two beers tonight’, which was extravagant for him.

“It will be interesting to see him and pit our wits against him.”

Previous encounters have taught Dyche to know what to expect from the maverick former Uruguay international.

Although Brighton’s win at Cardiff City was perhaps a surprise result on paper, Dyche has also learned what to expect from Poyet’s team.

“It’s an interesting mix there,” he said. “Gus has brought in a few foreign players.

“He said in the summer, ‘I’m not naïve, I know we have to mix it up at times’, so maybe that’s a change they’re looking to use this season with the technical and the physical.

“But predominantly they try to play and pass and move, but I think they feel they’ve had to mix it up and brought in the more physical players as well.

“The resource base of some of these clubs is quite amazing at times, the amount of money exchanging, whether it’s loan fees, wages and fees is quite extraordinary.

“Two England internationals at a club like Brighton – the last time I played there was at the Withdean and I don’t think they were envisaging that in the back four.

“It’s a club that’s moved for sure, the owner’s invested a lot personally, and the people are supporting it.”

One thing Dyche isn’t expecting, is a similar game to last season.

“I heard it was an interesting affair last year.

“It’s a different occasion this time. I don’t think it’s an ongoing, lengthy history to it – certainly not between us as staff.

“I think it’s just about this game and getting on with it,” said the Burnley boss, who is also familiar with Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who was on loan at Watford from Manchester United last season.

“He’s a very good keeper,” Dyche added. “It’s very rare that players are in and out of Manchester United without having something.

“He did very well for us, it will be good to see him – a real character and did well for us last year. Now it’s about what we’re doing here.

“It will be nice to see him but we’ll look to put a couple past him.”

The Clarets boss hopes to be boosted by the return of Danny Ings, who missed the midweek stalemate with Middlesbrough with a hamstring problem.

“He’s had a really good few days so we’re expecting him to be back in contention,” said Dyche.

Of his other casualties, he added: “For Ross (Wallace) the game might come probably a bit too quick for him, and Duffo (Michael Duff). Ben Mee’s had a good week but he’s a longer term programme so he’ll take a bit more time with that. The injury’s fine but it’s the planning to get him back to full fitness.

“Vokesy (Sam Vokes) was a sub the other night anyway after getting a knock on his foot.

“He was a bit uncomfortable but obviously the extra few days will do him good as well.”

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