Sean Dyche insists there will be no complacency from his players tonight as they look to become Championship top dogs.
With current league leaders QPR not playing, the Clarets can climb to the summit with a victory at Doncaster Rovers.
But despite an unbeaten run of seven games – in which his side have won six – Dyche is taking nothing for granted against a Rovers side rejuvenated by the loan signing of Federico Macheda.
The Burnley boss said: “We are showing really good signs, but you don’t over think your league position and you guard against complacency by the nature of the division.
“Most of our players know this division and understand that it’s topsy-turvy.
“Top can beat bottom, middle can beat whoever and I think personally it’s the most challenging division for that.
“Anyone can beat anyone at any given time and you have to prepare for ever single game.
“I think the lads have learned from last season and the newcomers have added to the feel of being competitive in order to produce, which in turn bring performances that can help you win.”
Dyche, who is without the suspended Dean Marney for tonight’s clash, added: “The standard at this level is ever-increasing and Doncaster will present us with a threat, but we hope to provide our own.
“I don’t think we go into any game taking things for granted. I certainly don’t, and tonight is no different. Forget about positions and forget about form.
“The facts are if you are ready to compete, you have an increased chance of getting what you want – and that’s a win.”
Dyche insists his squad is learning to cope with the demands of being among the early pacesetters.
And he feels unity is the one strength that can ensure the Clarets continue to compete against clubs with much bigger squads and resources.
He added: “We are in a group of unknowns, with some wondering which way it would go, but we have a good feeling about ourselves.
“We are enjoying that experience and learning and improving as we go, but we are now in the mix with the big boys, so it’s a good challenge for us at the moment and I’ve become acutely aware how important the people are to this club and the town.
“It’s an important time for the fans to bond with the club.
“It wasn’t broken, but perhaps stretched and I now think there is a reality about the club and people are getting back to saying ‘we are Burnley, we compete and stand up for what we are’.
“There seems to be that balance again and people understand the challenges that are put in our way.
“But we are willing to pull together and go beyond them challenges and that is, so far, what we are doing.”
There will be live commentary from the Keepmoat Stadium on Clarets Player from 7.30pm.
A reminder that the next game at Turf Moor sees Burnley host Reading at Turf Moor on Saturday, October 5 (3pm KO).
This has been designated as a SILVER category match and ticket prices for this game are as follows:
From £28 for adults.
From £17 for seniors.
From £15 for U22.
From £8 for U18s.
From £5 for U12s (Family Stand Price).
Tickets are available in person at the ticket office, via telephone on 0871 221 1914 (opt 1) and online by clicking HERE
Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the Clarets Store until 5pm daily during the week, or from the Clarets Store in Charter Walk until 5.30pm.
NB: The ticket office will be open on Saturday until kick off.