Ashley Barnes relishing Europa League challenge with Burnley

Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion Clarets and Seagulls clash in game that could confirm Brighton's survival

Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion Clarets and Seagulls clash in game that could confirm Brighton's Premier League survival

In January the defender made a complaint against West Brom player Jay Rodriguez - who started his career at Burnley - after a clash between the pair during a Premier League game.

That claim was found "not proven" by the FA earlier this month and Hughton was clearly upset, and angered, by his player's treatment. "What they should do is look at the two statements - one from the independent committee, one from the FA".

"The points we've got on the table in the Premier League, you can't cheat that".

A goalless draw against Brighton edged Burnley ever closer to a first European campaign since 1966/67, but Dyche felt his side were slightly below par: "That's how far we've done that we end up disappointed in that".

"We've still got to make it so effectively, then it's a fantastic achievement if we get there". We weren't as good as we can be, a long way from it at times, but the habits were there, the will to play was there; we were just short of quality.

"This has been a fantastic season".

Despite their poor run of results, Brighton put in an encouraging performance in their last Premier League game against Tottenham which earned them a valuable point, and Chris Hughton will be hoping his side can produce a similar performance this weekend. You can have a lucky spell but you can't be lucky all season.

"There is no point in me talking about penalties", Dyche said, jokingly.

"Until we are in a position where we're over the line then of course we can't rest easily".

It was also a point towards Brighton's objective of survival, although Southampton's victory over Bournemouth cut the gap between Hughton's side and the bottom three to five points.

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"Burnley have a way of playing which is very effective".

"We know we have work to do and everyone is aware of the challenge that we have and the magnitude of the games we have, but we'll go into every game trying to get points and believing that we can get points".

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