Boss still hoping Town can follow in Burnley's footsteps this campaign
Mick McCarthy has praised the efforts of Sean Dyche and his Burnley side, but admits he is still hopeful of crashing the party.
Blues go into the game against the promoted Clarets just two points off the top six, although Brighton do play their game this evening, and the boss is hoping to still be in with a shout come the final game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road next week.
“You never know but if we win, then we are still in it and in the mix for the last game of season, which would be brilliant,” Mick told the Club website.
“Burnley have only lost two at home and tomorrow’s game will be different circumstances for them, they will have enjoyed their success this week.
“They are a team of winners, as they’ve proved this season, and won’t want to lose their final home game to us.
“I remember having a discussion with Sean Dyche at the start of the season. We were discussing FFP, salary, budgets and all sorts. I guess neither of us thought we’d do as well as we have done at that point.
“They have been remarkable. Everyone expected them to drop off, as they only have a small squad, but they’ve stayed the distance and deserve their success.
“Sean’s got some good experienced players and they have done as well as anyone, not just in this League but in all the Leagues.
“To maintain what they’ve done and get promoted is credit to Burnley. They’ve been fantastic.”
Remember that the game kicks-off at 12.15pm and will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports.
Town will again be without the services of Luke Hyam, although Christophe Berra is fit to take his place in the travelling matchday squad. Doubts remain of the fitness levels of midfield duo Anthony Wordsworth and Paul Anderson, however.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who secured promotion to the Premier League with a win over Wigan at Turf Moor last time out, could be unchanged for Town’s visit tomorrow. Sam Vokes is ruled out through injury however.
WHERE THEY FINISHED LAST SEASON
WHERE THEY CURRENTLY STAND
LAST TIME WE MET
Blues were narrowly beaten by the then Championship leaders, with Scott Arfield heading home the winner for the Clarets in the second-half. David McGoldrick and Cole Skuse had both gone close for Town but in the end it was to be Burnley’s day.
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Robert Jones & David Richardson
Fourth Official: David Webb
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