Burnley boss claims matchday programme inspired victory over Bolton Wanderers
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche says he used comments made in Wanderers’ match-day programme to fire up his side for last night’s derby win.
Sam Vokes’ solitary goal gave the Clarets a victory that sees them go three points clear of QPR in second place in the Championship table, and heap further pressure on Dougie Freedman and his struggling Whites.
But after the game, Dyche revealed that he had used a story that detailed Burnley’s season so far as extra motivation for his team prior to kick off.
“They were incredible,” he said of the story, which highlighted “recent inconsistencies” in the Lancashire club’s recent form.
“It's a local derby, it means something beyond just a result and then the programme gives you fuel as well.
"I must make this clear that it (the programme notes) can't win you a game but it gives you a little bit of fuel added on top of that. “You already want to win because it's a local derby, it means a lot, it's a big game; so I thought that was interesting.”
Under the banner “So Far This Season” the programme article does not come across as particularly incendiary, referencing the difference in form that the club have experienced in the first few months of the campaign, compared to the last few months.
It also mentions a “desperate” need to rediscover that early season form and that poor away results have “proven particularly costly as Burnley loosened their hold on top spot.”
It marks the second successive game in which Wanderers’ literature has come under scrutiny, with Saturday’s official team-sheet against Bournemouth mistakenly identifying Dougie Freedman as the “acting manager”