Dyche: We've Earned Our Spurs
Sean Dyche feels his players now have more belief of upsetting the big guns, through their recent winning experiences.
But the Clarets chief warned that his side will need to replicate the performances of this season’s stunning Premier League wins at Arsenal and Liverpool to chalk up a memorable hat-trick of away victories.
“The way the group have worked, season on season, gives then a more clear-minded view of going away in the Premier League, because of the experiences we’ve had.
That’s helpful, but the last one doesn’t guarantee the next one, home or away,” explained Dyche, whose side also won at Manchester United last season.
“It always comes back to performances; I say it all the time.
“You can’t go too far away from it, because if you think you have it sussed, you haven’t.
“If you think one game is easier than the other, it’s often not the case.
“You have to take everything as it comes and be ready for everything,
“We just go everywhere and challenge ourselves to try and play well. I’ve always spoken about performance markers and if you get that right, sometimes you get a result.
“Not always, but the performance is key.”
The Clarets have repeatedly found different ways of winning games, from dogged defensive displays such as the one at Anfield, to more open, fluid performances such as the recent win at Crystal Palace.
And Dyche accepts his players need to adapt to the circumstances, especially when coming up against the division’s big-hitters.
“We often change our format to try and affect the game. That’s been my belief all along,” added Dyche, who hopes to extend Spurs’ miserable run of five defeats in six games.
“At Palace recently, we played well with the ball and in possession, whereas in other games we’ve had to work hard, fight and be more simplistic – and defend well!
“There are very few of our games that are exactly the same, so we go to Spurs with a game plan of how we want to impress ourselves on the game, but sometimes the opposition stop you doing that.
“It’s not the planning, but simply whether they turn up and have a strong day, so the players need to remain open-minded for if things start to go against you.”