Sean Dyche is confident Burnley will not take their opponents lightly when they host non-league side Lincoln City in the FA Cup on Saturday, the manager aware that several of his players have worked their way up from the lower divisions.
Burnley are 12th in the Premier League, 81 places above Lincoln in the English football pyramid ahead of the fifth-round clash, a lofty position built on an exceptional home record.
“We approach it the same way we do any team. There’s a nice humble feel about the group here. They’ve had to earn everything. There’s players here who have had to earn the right to be where they are,” Dyche told British media.
“A few here have had a few knocks, a few have had to go backwards to come forward again. They have some good markers in their own minds from when they’ve been in smaller situations. I don’t think many have lost sight of that.”
A number of Premier League clubs have paid the price for fielding youngsters against lower-division sides in this year’s tournament and Dyche said that while he also plans to rotate his squad, he will name an experienced team.
“Our changes are different this time around, we’re not using kids who have never played or only a handful of times, we’re not giving debuts, it’s mostly rounded players who are doing well in their careers,” he added.