Belfast Telegraph

Confident Burnley aim to shock Spurs boss Pochettino

By James Mariner

George Boyd says Burnley head into tonight's FA Cup third-round home tie with Tottenham in confident mood as they seek to continue their good run of form.

Sean Dyche's side have lost just three of their last 10 matches and have recently fought back against both Manchester City and Newcastle United to draw. Boyd found the net in both games and has fond memories of the FA Cup, having reached the final with Hull last May, when he played the final half-hour against Arsenal.

"Nobody expected us to get anything [from visits to Newcastle and Manchester City] but we've shown our character. We go into our next run of games full of confidence," Boyd said.

"It's a great game and hopefully there'll be a big crowd at Turf Moor to get behind us. The FA Cup still has that magic and getting to the final last year was a great occasion."

Dyche will make changes to a side that he has refused to alter for the last six matches. Captain Jason Shackell and his replacement Kevin Long sustained injuries at Newcastle on New Year's Day and Dyche hopes Manchester United's on-loan defender Michael Keane will be available.

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Spurs can carry on from the 5-3 dismantling of Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year's Day, although Tottenham have won on just one of their last six trips to Turf Moor.

"We are very happy with what the team showed against Chelsea," Pochettino said. "It is not easy. You always need time to change things, but the team are starting to show what we want to see."

Emmanuel Adebayor may make a first appearance in two months.

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