Monday 24 September 2018

Hendrick woe is Brady opportunity

Burnley’s Robbie Brady. Pic: PA
Burnley’s Robbie Brady. Pic: PA

Sean Dyche believes Jeff Hendrick's three-match suspension could be a chance for his Ireland team-mate Robbie Brady to make an impact at Burnley.

Hendrick and Brady, who are reunited at club level since their schoolboy days with St Kevin's Boys, have both broken the Clarets' transfer record this season and boss Dyche is hoping his latest signings - Brady and Ashley Westwood - can make an impression in Hendrick's absence, starting with tomorrow's home clash with Premier League title favourites Chelsea.

For Dyche, his success in bringing in a number of new players in the January transfer window could prove crucial for the season run-in if injuries and suspensions begin to bite.

He said: "If things go against a player, whether it be injuries or suspension, it gives the other players a chance and players who have been waiting for that chance. You want people to come in and affect that and they're a group who are ready to affect that, so we are pleased with the way they're operating."

The Clarets go into the game seeking an eighth straight home win after turning Turf Moor into the kind of fortress which leaves them riding high in 12th place, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

While Antonio Conte's side are also offering a more potent threat than at the start of the campaign, Dyche believes his players have every reason to approach their daunting challenge with confidence.

Dyche said: "It (the Chelsea game) was early in the season and they played miles better than us on the day.

"Beyond this result we've morphed into a stronger unit with a bit more experience and knowledge of what the Premier League is about - it doesn't guarantee a result but it does give you a better chance."

Dyche added: "Every game is a test in the Premier League but (Chelsea) are so strong at the moment that it is probably the biggest challenge we've had. They are top of the league for a reason."

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