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."
The Clarets, pre-season favourites for the drop, will secure their safety with victory over West Brom at Turf Moor after instant relegations following their previous two promotions to the Premier League.
Dyche, who Pulis this week ranked in his top three Premier League managers of the season, believes the magnitude of such an achievement can be summed up by his team's budget compared to those of their counterparts.
"The biggest measure isn't fees, it should be wages - that's where it would show up some eye-opening situations," Dyche said.
"If they did it would maybe protect managers in roles where they get scrutinised so much they eventually lose their job, but some of them have got very tough jobs financially. On the other hand it could hurt managers who have got a lot.
"None of these things are exact measures, but the Deloitte reports would suggest they are pretty exact, particularly in the Premier League. More or less your budget suggests where you're going to finish.
"I know we're considerably above it, because we'd be bottom of the pile when it comes to wages. It's not an exact measure, and I don't use it as an excuse, but it has to be referenced because it's the truth."