Andrew Greaves: A big week ahead for Dyche and company

Dean Marney battles for the ball at Swansea

Dean Marney battles for the ball at Swansea

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The Premier League table doesn’t make good reading at the minute but I promise things will get better.

I know it sounds strange but despite leaving South Wales pointless, there were plenty of positives to take, especially from the second half.

We weren’t quite at the races in the opening 45 minutes and another lapse in concentration cost us a goal, with Ben Mee allowing former Burnley loanee Nathan Dyer to skip past him and then zone in on goal before firing through Tom Heaton.

After the break we were far more dominant and, just like on Monday evening against a brilliant Chelsea side, we showed the kind of desire and freedom that would trouble a whole lot of teams throughout this league.

Why we can’t go out and do that from the start is the key question and I am sure Sean Dyche will be looking for the answer this week in training.

I think it is easy when you’re a couple of games in and still looking for that first win to panic and make wholesale changes but that for me would be counter-productive.

Mee hasn’t enjoyed the best start to the season and Dyche might decide to take him out of the firing line and stick Stephen Ward in but I don’t think I’d be looking to change much else.

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We’ve come up against two decent – if different – teams and aside from a 25 minute spell against Chelsea we have in no way disgraced ourselves.

Dyche spoke a lot about giving teams too much respect and he’s right, we need to have a little more arrogance and realise we have earned our place in this division.

Still, at least next week’s game looks winnable!

In all seriousness, this was always going to be a difficult start to the season but there is still a long, long way to go.

That said, we need to start playing from the start because there have certainly been enough signs in the second halves against Chelsea and Swansea to show we can compete at this level.

This coming week in terms of transfers is going to be massive for the Clarets and I just hope that Dyche is able to work a little bit of magic before the window closes on September 1.

If not, then no matter how frustrated Dyche is, I don’t think we’ll hear any bellyaching from him.

We must adopt the same attitude because being negative isn’t going to get us anywhere.

Swansea manager Gary Monk said after the game yesterday that he’d told his players they would need to stick together to succeed this season and we must do the same.

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1:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

Maybe he will change Mee. But not much else? I think we need to strengthen in two positions and with better players than we have now in those positions. I don’t see the point in paying £5 million for someone who is no better than what Burnley have already. They will be looking at the loan players available.
Maybe he will change Mee. But not much else? I think we need to strengthen in two positions and with better players than we have now in those positions. I don’t see the point in paying £5 million for someone who is no better than what Burnley have already. They will be looking at the loan players available. tall in the saddle
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