London - Sean Dyche is not ready to run up the white flag as he prepares to take his side to visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Burnley manager will be pleased to hear that striker Danny Ings has echoed his sentiments.
"That's what it's all about -- players digging
deep at this time of year," Ings said.
"We have a little bit of time, especially
after the Burnley game before we play the Capital One Cup final against Spurs.
"More importantly, we are back in the Premier
League this weekend for what is a massive three points.
"It is important we win and they have shown
already at Man City (where Burnley drew 2-2) that they're hungry and fighting.
Where we and they are in the table means nothing. We will certainly be up for
Burnley lost 3-1 against Chelsea in August in their
first top-flight game since winning promotion last season, when Jose Mourinho's
side scored three times in a stunning 20-minute spell.
But manager Sean Dyche is not ready to run up the
white flag as he prepares for the return fixture, even though his side have won
just one of their last nine league games.
"I thought at the beginning of the season that
any team that finishes above Chelsea would be some side and I still think
that," said the Burnley manager, whose side impressed on their last outing
despite going down 3-1 at Manchester United.
"They are very strong and are playing some
good stuff. But it's not like we are a non-league side going there. We have
shown we can compete at this level."
Burnley's attack will again be led by England
under-21 international Danny Ings, who has scored five times in his last six
league games but who is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set
to leave Turf Moor.
He is interesting Liverpool and last weekend held
talks about a possible move to Real Sociedad, but Dyche is confident the 22-year-old
is still focused on Burnley's survival fight.
"I have no reason to doubt his thoughts about
Burnley Football Club and what we're doing," Dyche said. "You can
tell that by his performances."
Chelsea host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The match kicks off at 17:00.