Sunderland v Burnley: Clarets boss says pressure is all on Black Cats ahead of crucial showdown

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side's dismal away form will pile all the pressure on rock-bottom Sunderland in today's vital Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:49 am
Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji clears off the line to deny Ashley Barnes in December's 4-1 defeat at Burnley. Picture by Frank Reid

The Clarets have picked up just two of their 31 points on their travels this season, and lost 2-1 at Liverpool despite an impressive display last weekend.

Dyche said: “There will be a bigger expectation at their place because their fans will see it as ‘you’ve got to beat them’ – it’s not mind games, I’m just trying to see how fans think.

“A couple of Liverpool fans told me it was very rare to see a Liverpool side trying to kill the game last week, so I think that’s a back-handed mark of respect for us, considering we haven’t won away.

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“The energy was good and some of the quality, so, although we haven’t won away, there are strong signs of what we can do – but we have to add to that because factually we still haven’t won a game.”

Dyche is eager to break the away-day duck before the end of the season but knows it will pale into insignificance compared to the mighty achievement of securing his side’s top-flight status with some games to spare.

Barring a colossal collapse, the Clarets ought to coast to survival.