Dyche expecting to face a motivated Norwich City side despite relegation

PUBLISHED: 13:31 17 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:31 17 July 2020

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is expecting a reaction from Norwich City. Picture: Adam Davy/NMC Pool/PA Wire.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is expecting a reaction from Norwich City. Picture: Adam Davy/NMC Pool/PA Wire.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is expecting to see a reaction from Norwich City tomorrow, despite the Canaries being mathematically relegated.

The long-standing Clarets boss has stated in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Carrow Road, that he expects the Canaries to be playing without pressure - something that sometimes enhance a team’s performance, according to Dyche.

“I think they will have a pride and passion towards the game and finishing the season as strongly as possible. We will look to deliver first and deliver a performance.

“We don’t take anyone in the league lightly, nor should we, so it is about being right and proper. Players will be motivated to finish the season properly and we have to be ready for that.

“The pressure releases off and weirdly that opens people up a little bit. We have to be ready for any reaction.”

Dyche also confirmed the latest team news from his camp - with left-back Charlie Taylor ruled out of the clash with City due to a hamstring injury. Matt Lowton, Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee and Jack Cork remain unavailable.

Former City winger Robbie Brady could feature at Carrow Road on Saturday after a return from injury. The Irish international has been plagued with fitness issues since joining Burnley from the Canaries in 2017.

Chris Wood, who was influential in the Clarets 2-0 victory over City last September, returns from injury alongside Jay Rodriguez - who has been passed fit for the fixture.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson will also be back into contention as Dyche looks to nurse the creative wideman back to full health following a series of niggles this season.

“They are both doing quite well in that we have managed to bleed them in.

“Woody probably played longer than we were hoping the other night and we thinking of trying to get him off a bit earlier but we couldn’t in the end with Jay Rod and his tight calf but equally we ask a lot of Jay Rod,” the Burnley boss said at his press conference.

Burnley arrive at Carrow Road on Saturday full of confidence and are unbeaten in their last six matches - with draws against high-flying Wolves and champions Liverpool making up their last two results.

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