Clarets keep clear focus

Burnley could secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League this weekend, but manager Sean Dyche remains focused.

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Sean Dyche: Expects a big test against Boro

Sean Dyche: Expects a big test against Boro

Burnley could secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League this weekend, but manager Sean Dyche wants his players' only focus to be on Middlesbrough's visit to Turf Moor.

As the season enters the home straight the Clarets boast an 11-point cushion in the second automatic promotion spot and look all-but certain to join Leicester in the top flight next season.

Their return to the Premier League after a four-year absence would be become official on Saturday should they beat Boro and third-placed Derby fail to beat Huddersfield.

However, Aitor Karanka's side arrive at Turf Moor on a run of three successive wins and Dyche is well aware of the threat they will pose.

"All the games have been huge this season," he said.

"I don't overthink each one as it comes, I just look at the next challenge and that's Middlesbrough.

"They're a good side that has probably underachieved, looking at their squad on paper.

"Football's not won on paper of course, but I think they've got a really good squad and the manager has got his points across slowly but surely.

"Their recent form has been very good and we can't underestimate that.

"I think it's fair to say that over the season we've been very clear-minded in not underestimating anyone.

"We think that the players get all the information they need in order to deliver a performance and that's what we'll be looking to do again."

Burnley still have not given up on catching leaders Leicester, who will look to maintain their Sky Bet Championship title charge in Monday's trip to play-off hopefuls Reading.

Fourth-placed QPR take on Nottingham Forest in Saturday's early kick-off, with Rangers captain Clint Hill well aware of the need to end a run of back-to-back defeats.

"Saturday is a massive, massive game," he told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk.

"The fans have been different class. They have come in their thousands, both home and away, all season long.

"We've been dire at some stages and they have stood by us. Maybe it's time for us to put on a show for them, rather than the other way around.

"It's up to us as players to get them off their seats and make some noise. As a group of players, we've got to get them excited."

Elsewhere, Brighton host Charlton as they look to climb into the play-off spots, while in-form Bournemouth travel to relegation-threatened Yeovil.

Barnsley travel to Bolton as they look to avoid the drop and Millwall, buoyed by Tuesday's 1-0 win at Wigan, welcome Watford to the Den.

Ipswich welcome Doncaster, out-of-sorts Leeds host Blackpool and Blackburn travel to South Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday in Saturday's other fixtures.


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