Belief In Strikers Paying Off
Dyche happy with front foursome as Clarets keep looking for goals
Sean Dyche is backing his striking department to keep delivering the goods after getting the goals moving again.
The Clarets had drawn blanks in successive Premier League defeats and failed to find the net in three of their previous four games before going to Liverpool and beating the champions.
The winning goal at Anfield came from the penalty spot but was a reward for the Clarets’ attacking threat.
And then with Burnley hitting the net three times in a game for the first time this season to knock Fulham out the FA Cup three days later, Dyche is confident things are heading in the right direction as he prepares his side to face Aston Villa at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
“I did mention the belief I have in the strikers – all four of them. And I’m very pleased that’s been shown,” said the Burnley boss.
“I stuck with Barnesy and Woody. A lot of people were questioning that, but I believe in what they could do against Liverpool and I thought they both worked very hard and were very awkward on the night for Liverpool to handle and gave us a different look when we needed it.
“And I think Jay Rod and Vyds looked really sharp at Fulham and worked very hard.
“Jay got more of the headlines because of his goals, but I thought Vyds played very well.”
Rodriguez opened his account for the season at Craven Cottage, while Vydra is still looking for his first Premier League after appearing largely from the bench.
But despite the Clarets sharing the lowest scoring tally in the Premier League, Dyche is not questioning the front end of a team that has won four times and drawn once in their last eight league games to climb to 15th-place in the Premier League.
“I’ve always stood by the fact it’s the toughest job in football for me, being a striker and scoring goals,” he added.
“I never over-questioned it. I made sure they know we still put a form of pressure on them to make sure they’re alive and alert to score goals.
“But as long as they’re active and getting in the right areas of the pitch to score goals, then there aren’t too many gripes I have about it.
“And they are. They’re active. They want to score goals. They’re in the right areas and working very hard for the team.
“Jay nicked a couple on Sunday and Barnesy got his goal – albeit from the penalty spot.
“There are a lot of good things about how they’re going about their business and if you can add goals into that, then obviously it’s a big positive for us and the team.”
Wed, Mar 3, 2021