Burnley boss Sean Dyche not getting carried away by team's unbeaten start to the season (From This Is Lancashire)
Burnley boss Sean Dyche not getting carried away by team's unbeaten start to the season
MANAGER Sean Dyche is pleased with Burnley’s unbeaten start to the season, but insists he isn’t getting carried away.
The Clarets retained fourth spot following a 2-0 win over Yeovil, which took their points tally to seven from a possible nine.
Burnley will look to make it five games unbeaten at Brighton on Saturday, and if successful will achieve their best start since 1995.
But Dyche, pictured left, knows there is a long way to go, and is refusing to get overawed by his side’s lofty position at such an early stage of the season.
“It’s a good start, and that’s all it is three games in, with a nice cup win,” he said.
“There’s plenty of challenges to come and we’re certainly not getting carried away.
“We’re enjoying it, but we all know how difficult the Championship is and how difficult it is to sustain wins.
“But the lads deserve it, they’ve been tremendous in pre-season and we’ve taken it into the season.”
After starting the campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Bolton, Burnley have gone on to beat York City convincingly in the Capital One Cup, and earn back-to-back league wins over Sheffield Wednesday and the Glovers.
The Clarets had to work hard for both Championship wins, but Dyche reiterated that Burnley would require silk and steel to be successful this season.
“We mentioned many times last year, you have to try and find a way to win, it can’t always be beautiful, you have to dig in,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s energy, sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s good play – good tactical organisation and good play.
“In the first half (against Yeovil) we did well to stay in the game with a good shape and energy, in the second half we got back to what we were and gave a good performance.”
Dyche added: “The first goal settles the whole stadium down. Yeovil had freedom to play – they can go anywhere in the division this year, relax, enjoy it and work hard for a win because the expectation is low on them, and that's not being disrespectful, it just is with the nature of their first year in the division.
“The club have done fantastically well to be where they are.
“But at our club there is an expectation, and we like that in a way, but it’s not easy.
“Yeovil came with a game plan, they came motivated to win a game, and they calmed the first half down in their favour and it never really got going.
“I thought Yeovil did a really good job and changed the feel of the game, they made it uncomfortable for us.
“We had to deal with that. A few teams came here last year and camped in, and I don’t think Yeovil did that, but they definitely took the sting out of the game, and we got sucked into that.
“We reminded the players at half-time of the good things that we’ve been doing, and slowly but surely we delivered.”
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