Upbeat Dyche urges Clarets to take their chances
Boss Sean Dyche is determined to make sure it’s Burnley who climb out of their mini-slump at the Valley – and not homesick Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks have the worst home record in the Championship and lost on their own patch for the seventh time this season against Nottingham Forest a week ago.
The Clarets have hit the buffers with a six-match winless run but Dyche is looking to bounce back in south-east London and get his side looking upwards again.
“They are having an awkward spell themselves, especially at home, but they won’t feel they have been far away,” said the Clarets’ chief.
“There are a number of clubs having these little spells and it’s important to address them, come through them and get on with it.
“We sit in that position where people look to see which way you are going to push it.
“We are looking to push it the right way, for obvious reasons, and we want to get back on the horse as quickly as possible.
“We’ve done well overall but we’re on an awkward run and it has to be addressed.”
The Clarets’ latest set-back came with a 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield in mid-week when they failed to score for the third game running.
And while Dyche expressed his disappointment afterwards, he believed it was only the closing 20 minutes which distorted a performance that could have brought three points and a different outlook to the Clarets’ current position.
“I have watched it back and looked at the stats and it was another game where quite simply you have to take your chances. Sometimes it’s as simple as that,” he added.
“There was no lack of effort the other night, or efforts on goal compared to the opposition.
“But we can’t govern ourselves by stats. We only use them as a background measure and we have to make sure we stop it at one end and put it in the other and get back to winning ways.
“There’s been a lot of good stuff done and there’s been a big shift in the way the players are going about their business we feel.
“Long may that continue. But we’ve got to make sure we have that killer instinct to win games. That’s the end product that every manager wants.”