Gaffer adopts Wenger mantra to demand more from squad
Sean Dyche is borrowing a mindset from Arsene Wenger as the Clarets look to keep their unbeaten start to the season going at Brighton this weekend.
Consistent performances have helped the Clarets pick up two wins and a draw from their opening three Championship games.
And Dyche has asked his players to adopt a philosophy adopted by Arsenal boss Wenger in order to squeeze a little bit extra from his squad at the Amex Stadium this weekend.
The Burnley manager said: “I think you can see by the way the players go about their business that there is a nice energy and belief that is building.
“There’s no shortage of quality either and when the mix is right between the mental and physical aspects, we think we are in a good place.
“It’s a work in progress and none of us think we are the real deal. We have to keep working at it and chipping away at the finer details.
“Arsene Wenger has a great saying about ‘raising your minimum’ and if you can keep pushing the bottom level of your performance, the top looks after itself.
“We know when we are playing well that we are competitive and can take on anyone.
“It’s on them quieter days when you have to take a grip of the game and perform in order to get what you want.
“The Championship is right there in front of everyone to see; ups, downs, ins, outs and all of the madness that ensues.
“But we are going about our business in the proper fashion at the moment and we are looking for that to continue.
“It’s a tough ask going away from home to some of these clubs, but we feel it is a challenge we can take on and perform.”
Michael Duff: Close to full fitness
The Clarets travel south without Michael Duff (groin) and Ross Wallace, who underwent surgery on Friday to repair wear and tear in his knee in an operation that is expected to sideline the Scot for several months.
That could open the door for one of last week’s heroes against Yeovil to stake their own claim, following the impact made from the bench by substitutes Keith Treacy and Scott Arfield.
Dyche, who has thrown down the gauntlet, insisted: “You get a chance and you take it!
“Ross is a loss, but there will be other players looking to come in and deliver performances for us.
“It’s a squad game now and it’s important that players are fuelled up with energy for the game.
“I’ve made it known how important the substitutes are at any given time and they did that against Yeovil.
Keith Treacy: On target v Yeovil
“Now someone will get the chance from the start and they have to grab it, starting at Brighton.
“They have a new manager with a change of thoughts and Oscar (Garcia) has come into the Championship and will want to give the team his own feel from a tactical standpoint, certainly from what we have seen this season.
“He will want to influence the team as he sees fit in order to get results, but we will look to do what we do best and that is give a performance that can get us a result.”
A reminder to fans that Saturday’s game at the AMEX is all-ticket and there are no tickets available to Burnley fans on the day.
Clarets Player will carry full commentary on the game from 2.45pm - and following last week’s problems, we have been informed by hosts' Perform that the commentary will be closely monitored to avoid the drop-outs that were plagued us and were, regrettably, beyond the club's control last weekend.