HARD work was the secret to Burnley's revival last week, according to striker Ashley Barnes.

After a rotten start to the season the Clarets bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 success against Bournemouth.

It was Barnes who put the icing on the cake against the Cherries, coming off the bench to score the final two goals.

The win followed a heart-to-heart meeting between Sean Dyche and his squad in midweek, but Barnes said knuckling down on the training ground had been just as integral.

"It doesn't just happen with the flick of a switch, you need to keep working hard," the striker said. "We've kept working hard in training and it was good to get out with the three points.

"We've had meetings but that wasn't the be all and end all. It was down to hard work and sooner or later that pays off.

"I don't think we'd been too far off it but we hadn't been able to put our finger on why we haven't picked up points. We're back to winning ways now.

"The main thing for us was trying to get back to winning ways and we had to try and find a way of doing that somehow. We knew it wasn't going to be easy, it might have been ugly at times, but we needed it."

The Clarets have the chance to build on that success before the international break, with Premier League fixtures against the bottom two clubs over the next couple of weekends, starting with a trip to Cardiff City this Sunday and then a Turf Moor meeting with Huddersfield.

Last season Burnley ended a run of 11 without a win the league in style, going on to win five successive fixtures, and Barnes is hoping for a similar change in fortunes now.

"Last year we just set out to get as many points as possible as quickly as possible," the 28-year-old said.

"That's what we've tried to do this season, unfortunately it hasn't started too well.

"Last season we had a little dip but still stayed seventh so hopefully we'll get on a winning run now and see where that takes us."

Barnes' double at the weekend extended his lead as Burnley's record Premier League goalscorer, but the former Brighton striker admits there was frustration at finding himself back on the bench, having started the defeat at Wolves a week earlier.

"Everyone is frustrated if they haven't been picked and they're not playing but you've got to knuckle down, work hard and do the right things on the training ground," said Barnes, who now has 22 top flight goals.

"Luckily enough it's paid off for me. You have to do the business when you get on to the pitch. It's always good to hit the back of the net and to do it twice is really nice."