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View From The Town End: Burnley

So it's nearly here..... Tomorrow Reading will have the chance to secure their place in the play-offs but to get there they'll have to get past Burnley who are already planning for life in the Premier League. To get some more information on tomorrow's opponents we spoke to Jamie Smith from Burnley blog NoNayNever.

Chris Brunskill

Congratulations on the promotion! How has Sean Dyche turned a team tipped for relegation into a team destined for the Premier League?

Thanks! There hasn't been a secret shortcut. Phenomenal amounts of hard work, a strikeforce that was thrown together and immediately gelled, an incredibly solid defence and a touch of luck with injuries have all played a part. Everyone has played their part and Dyche has held everything together - he's been the glue of the season with his "one game at a time" mentality making sure we never got complacent.

A lot has been made about the contibution of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes but who else has been key to your rise?

You can't argue with a pair of strikers that have scored 20 goals each, but it's genuinely a bit unfair to single people out. BUT, since you asked, David Jones has been an unsung hero, a vital cog in our heavy pressing in midfield, while fellow free transfer Scott Arfield has scored a handful of key goals. At the back, Jason Shackell and Kieran Trippier have been outstanding. But it's not as if anyone has let us down all season - everyone has made an important contribution at some point.

There are no passengers.

Your last Premier League stint only lasted a season, do you think you'll be able to avoid a quick return to the Championship?

If Dyche stays and we make the right additions, we have every chance of staying up. Last time our chances faded badly when Owen Coyle walked out.

Look at the Premier League - Newcastle are ninth and they've been terrible for months. But the reality is we'd all take finishing 17th on goal difference right now.

Burnley beat Reading 2-1 at Turf Moor earlier this season, what did you make of the Royals that day and from what you've seen since?

Reading probably lacked a bit of spark, maybe that's what's held them back a little bit this season. But we did what we've done to teams all season - made them look ordinary. Nigel Adkins is a good manager, but we're a special team.


Any players you're not looking forward to facing on Saturday?

Not really (sorry).

We've got the best defence in the league and haven't conceded in our last three. But I do rate a few of your players - McCleary, Le Fondre, McAnuff in particular - they're very good Championship players.

Any particular Burnley players who you think will have joy against Reading?

Danny Ings hasn't been in the best of form recently but I reckon that IF he gets one he could get his first hat-trick. Michael Kightly is flying and has scored in the last three games, which we've won. If you lump it for Pogrebnyak, Michael Duff will head that ball away all day long.

Score prediction.

Our lads could be forgiven for being on the beach mentally, but we can get to 95 points with a win, making even more club history. I wouldn't really be arsed if we lost if it kept Blackburn out of the play-offs. But we'll probably get at least a draw. 1-1?

Finally who are you tipping to join yourselves and Leicester in the top flight next season?

It's a tough call.

Derby are obviously the best team by a distance and have good momentum - they're the ones to beat. QPR's squad is the best on paper and if it comes together they could be hard to stop, especially with Charlie Austin back. Wigan have been excellent under Uwe Rosler and can't be discounted either. Reading would be rank outsiders if they do finish sixth, but you never know what can happen.

I'll go for Derby.

Thanks again to Jamie and you can follow NoNayNever on Twitter @NoNayNeverNet