Burnley V West Brom at Turf Moor : Match Preview

05 May 2017 01:34

Burnley boss Sean Dyche defends 'win-minded' Tony Pulis

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has defended Tony Pulis' tactics ahead of the meeting with West Brom by stressing substance should always trump style.

Pulis' Baggies are just six short of achieving their best-ever Premier League points haul, though the Welshman continues to have his detractors based on the functional approach he has become famed for.

Dyche insists the key objective for any manager has to be finding a way to be successful and he cannot fathom why any supporter would think otherwise.

"One thing I know about Tony, I don't think he's that hurt by any of it," Dyche said of Pulis.

"He's very success-minded, he's win-minded. I'm a bit like that. I'm not a zealot to any particular style of football, I like the one that can win.

"I think there's a bit of that about him. When you look at his teams they are usually big physically, they're structured, experienced. He forms a team that he knows can get results. That's his first marker.

"If you're one club you might say, 'It's not the football we want to watch', but when he comes in and you're in trouble and he flies away (from trouble) with it, they say, 'That's the football we want to watch', because usually it wins.

"Do you want the beauty of football or winning? I've not met a fan yet who wants beautiful football that loses.

"It's right at the balance now. Years ago it was win first, brand or style second. Now it seems to me that a lot of the public are so brainwashed that football should be like this, it's now, 'Why aren't we doing this? Have we got the money? Have we got the technical players?'

"There used to be a bit of thought on that. Now it's, 'Why aren't we doing this or that?' It's this right way of playing.

"It's always tickled me that; no other sports have that. The right way has got to be to win, else what's the point of being in that game?

"I don't think anyone gets into a game not wanting to win. Play the right way and lose every week and they will be saying, 'You're playing the wrong way'.

"I remember a Premier League manager about 10 years ago said, 'We might go down, but we'll go down playing the right way'. As soon as I heard it I thought stay up playing the wrong way. I couldn't believe what I was hearing."

Michael Keane (knock) is a doubt along with his central-defensive partner Ben Mee (shin).

Meanwhile, Baggies boss Pulis has hinted he is interested in signing Jermain Defoe.

The Sunderland striker will be available, reportedly on a free transfer, after the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last weekend.

Defoe, 34, has scored 14 of Sunderland's 26 goals in the Premier League this season and boss David Moyes has confirmed the England international has an escape clause in his contract, with West Brom considering a move.

"When you say he's a free agent, effectively he's a free agent, but that still brings an enormous cost to whichever club takes Jermain," said Pulis.

"We've got our fingers in the pie on quite a few players and we'll see how we go on those players. If Jermain's one of them, we'll be pushing on that one if we can.

"When Saido left we had Hal Robson-Kanu and Salomon Rondon, a free transfer and a player that's only spent one season in the Premier League, so we knew that was an area we had to improve.

"There was no-one there at the time that we could get in. And I don't want to waste people's money by spending a lot of money on just a back-up. We have to try and bring players in who are going to improve the first XI and keep the club improving that way.

"That's the way I've always thought about it, that's the way I try to approach it. That will certainly be one of the areas we're trying to improve."

Matt Phillips and Robson-Kanu (both hamstring) are out of the game at Turf Moor.

Source: PAR