Date: 2nd May 2016 at 1:03am
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Manager Sean Dyche has previewed Monday afternoon’s game against Queens Park Rangers and insisted Burnley will focus on themselves like always.

With Middlesbrough one point ahead of us again following their draw with Birmingham City on Friday evening, the aim is another three points later today to put the club back in top spot and in pole position going into the final game of the campaign.

We face already relegated Charlton, whilst Middlesbrough and Brighton face off against each other.

Two wins keeps it squarely in our hands and that’s all Dyche was focused on as he spoke to the Official Site in his pre game press conference.

‘The other games won`t affect our preparations. They are things that are outside our influence. We can`t control others, but we can control what we do, so we will retain our focus and that keeps us single-minded about the task in front of us. The players will know the Brighton result on Monday before we go out. They aren`t stupid! But it still comes down to us and how we operate. People sometimes forget that the last bit before you go out on to the pitch is the minimal amount of work for us all. We`ve been working all week to get ready for that moment, so if the players don`t know what they are doing at that point, you haven`t had a good week!’

Dyche went on to praise the club, the players and the supporters for handling the big games and the pressure they have brought in the Championship run in so far, and he couldn’t have been happier with that.

‘I think the whole club has handled the big occasions well this season. That comes down to the alignment throughout the whole club, probably since my first summer here, when we re-moulded the team. The fans have been absolutely glued to the team since then and that`s an important factor. It gives the team strength and allows them to play with freedom and we all want that to continue.’


‘There is a clear focus here and we like that. There is a time to reflect on the highs of what`s gone, but that`s not now. It`s time to look forwards now and we only look as far as the next game. Preston was a really good performance, but we parked that and immediately started working again. We`ve done that really well, and QPR is the next challenge for us.’

In terms of team news ahead of the game, Dyche also admitted that Dean Marney was a doubt for the game.

The midfielder sits on 199 appearances for the club, but was withdrawn with a hamstring problem in the game against Preston North End, and he remains the only concern going into this one.

‘We are keeping tabs on Dean, who had a minor stretch on his hamstring in the last game against Preston. But he`s going well at the moment, so we will see what the next couple of games bring.’

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