Dyche: We are stretched to our limit at the moment

Sean Dyche will be without top scorers Sam Vokes and Danny Ings on Saturday. Picture: Action Images

Sean Dyche will be without top scorers Sam Vokes and Danny Ings on Saturday. Picture: Action Images

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his side will be stretched to their limit on Saturday, with as many as five key players missing.

The former Watford boss has made a point of not rotating his squad this season, but with the Championship now reaching its climax, the Clarets are down to the bare bones.

Joint top scorers Sam Vokes and Danny Ings are sidelined with knee and ankle ligament damage respectively, meaning January signing Ashley Barnes is the club's only recognised forward.

Full-back Kieran Trippier and winger Junior Stanislas are both doubtful due to hamstring problems, with the trip to WD18 expected to came too soon for the pair.

Former Hull City and Spurs midfielder Dean Marney is also out as he serves the second game of his two match ban.

"We are probably stretched to our limit at the moment," Dyche told Burnley's official website.

"Everyone was suggesting it would happen, some outside our camp were almost thirsty for it to happen, but we believe in the group and the mentality of the group, so we will go again.

"It’s up to others to decide how they perceive things, but perception and facts are two completely different things and my job is to look at the facts."

Dyche continued: "We have got this situation where we are stretched, but we believe in what we are doing and we think the situation could change very, very quickly because we have a couple of players right on the cusp of coming back in."

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6:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Hornankey says...

He's done an absolutely fantastic job with limited resources. He clearly knows how to bring out the best in his players.
He's done an absolutely fantastic job with limited resources. He clearly knows how to bring out the best in his players. Hornankey
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6:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bush Hornet says...

After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot.
After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 48

6:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hogweed says...

Have him back in a flash. Don't know why he was sacked in the first place. Risible decision.

hog out
Have him back in a flash. Don't know why he was sacked in the first place. Risible decision. hog out hogweed
  • Score: -34

6:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot.
Exactly !!! No more to be said.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot.[/p][/quote]Exactly !!! No more to be said. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 31

6:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot.
Exactly !!! No more to be said.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: After we've turned them over I wish Sean well and hope they secure that 2nd spot.[/p][/quote]Exactly !!! No more to be said. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Trust every single person will stand to applaud Dychey when he appears.
He was great for us and deserves his success.
Trust every single person will stand to applaud Dychey when he appears. He was great for us and deserves his success. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 20

10:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

croxley46 says...

The BestTrip2011 wrote:
Trust every single person will stand to applaud Dychey when he appears.
He was great for us and deserves his success.
Looks like both us and Burnley then have a striker shortage for Saturday, but Ashley Barnes, when at Brighton, always seemed to score against us. Fingers crossed.
Think we could win this one (and Leeds!)
Welcome back Dychey - I'm sure you'll get, and deserve, a standing ovation for what you did for us, under very difficult circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Trust every single person will stand to applaud Dychey when he appears. He was great for us and deserves his success.[/p][/quote]Looks like both us and Burnley then have a striker shortage for Saturday, but Ashley Barnes, when at Brighton, always seemed to score against us. Fingers crossed. Think we could win this one (and Leeds!) Welcome back Dychey - I'm sure you'll get, and deserve, a standing ovation for what you did for us, under very difficult circumstances. croxley46
  • Score: 12

8:35am Fri 4 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

Important that the players focus on their game rather than Burnley's problems. Burnley will be very competitive, once you start thinking they've got him and him missing your in trouble.
Important that the players focus on their game rather than Burnley's problems. Burnley will be very competitive, once you start thinking they've got him and him missing your in trouble. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

8:55am Fri 4 Apr 14

jasonwatford says...

Welcome back Sean , however from 2.59pm you are a complete waste of space and I don't like you. Cmon Beppa and the boys , at 4.51pm I will clap you off the pitch to go back to your northern slum so you can mastermind staying in 2nd place
Welcome back Sean , however from 2.59pm you are a complete waste of space and I don't like you. Cmon Beppa and the boys , at 4.51pm I will clap you off the pitch to go back to your northern slum so you can mastermind staying in 2nd place jasonwatford
  • Score: -6

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