BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche has warned Sunderland fans not to expect an easy ride at Turf Moor this weekend.
Both the Clarets and Sunderland head into tomorrow’s clash looking for their first Premier League victory of the campaign.
Sunderland will be backed by almost 4,000 travelling supporters in Lancashire, but Dyche says Burnley are determined to break their duck after last season’s promotion.
“Lots of Sunderland supporters will expect their team to beat us and that does probably add a bit of weight to the game from their point of view,” he said.
“But I think that does us down a bit. Our record speaks for itself at Turf Moor, where we’re pretty handy.
“I certainly don’t think we’re a team where you can just walk into Turf Moor and think it will all work out happily for you.
“You have to earn that right, certainly here, and I don’t think Gus Poyet is naive enough to think otherwise.
“Some of their fans might think ‘we’ve got to beat Burnley, simple as that’ but I don’t think it’s that easy.”
Dyche sees the fixture as a close call, one of several he is expecting against teams who exist outside the upper echelons of the table.
“There’s a reality to this division that suggests there’s five or six - maybe seven or eight at most - who are right up there pushing and outside of that there are ups and downs, moments of chaos,” he added.
“We’re in that and we know it.
“I don’t think Sunderland are market leaders either, like we’re not, because there’s only a small handful of teams who are up there at the very top.
“There’s a bigger group of teams who are up and down, in and out, where it’s wins, draws and losses.
“You can’t really put them (Sunderland) in a box but the fact is they’re fighting to improve and challenging themselves to win games.
“Last year the main thing for Gus and his men was to get over the line and they did it.”