October 22, 2021


Manager Sean Dyche looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Southampton

Sean Dyche is challenging his Burnley players to convert polished performances into tangible points rewards ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton.

The boss saw his side carve out a number of promising opportunities at Manchester City last Saturday and despite suffering a 2-0 defeat, remains satisfied with recent performances.

It was a mainly positive display from the Clarets at the Etihad Stadium, but Dyche’s team were unable to bring home any points and remain in the Premier League’s bottom three.

Dyche is encouraging his squad to embrace the challenge of improving their situation and believes recognising recent efforts will help pick up positive results.

He said: “It is key to remind the players of their performance levels.

“I think there was a stat out last week about us being the sixth-highest operators in terms of quality chances created.

“That is a good sign, that you are creating chances. The players know my concern is not so much about missing chances – I only get on at them if they’re not in there to try and score those chances.

“It is a hard thing to put the ball in the net – if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

“The balance is the performances and work on the training pitch – that is what you are looking for as a manager.

“Of course my job and their job, is to win, I’m not hiding behind that – you have to win.

“So the next level is to turn those good performances into winning performances. You would take a lucky one to change the mentality, but ideally you want to earn it.

“You want players to play well and earn that right to win.

“I believe in the players wholeheartedly and always have done – they know that. They just need to trust themselves to go and express themselves.

“It is a pressurised business, football, but you still need that bit where you enjoy it, whatever the challenges.”

Dyche takes his side to St Mary’s this weekend – a ground the Clarets have drawn, won and lost at over the last three seasons.

Southampton were also made to wait a while for their first win in the Premier League this season – beating Leeds 1-0 last weekend – and the manager is expecting a tough game.

He added: “It was a tricky start for them (Southampton) as well, but they always seem to me like a decent outfit.

“We’ll have to be organised and go down there to try and take the game on. I think we have done that well this season. But we have to make sure the details are right.

“It is certainly a game we can go and get a win from, but we feel that about most games. We went to Man City with that mindset.

“They’re a good outfit, but we are in decent shape ourselves – other than getting that win, of course.”

The boss also revealed Burnley are still awaiting news on the availability of three players ahead of the trip down to the south coast.

Ben Mee, Matej Vydra and Charlie Taylor are all in a race to be fit and the boss said:

“Those three are the main three question marks. We’re going to have to make a decision on all three of them.

“They are close, but we have the three-game week next week. They’re all close – we just need to decide.

“We’re hopeful on those three but will have to make a call on it tomorrow, I think.

“It’s a longer-term situation, but the good news is we have Dale Stephens back on the grass, and getting himself fit as well.”

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