Clarets boss hails his "relentless" side
Sean Dyche described the Clarets victory over Reading as one of the best of his Clarets reign.
Burnleywent into the international break on top of the Championship after Danny Ings and Sam Vokes took their prolific partnership to 19 goals with strikes in each half.
Only the stunning form of Royals keeper Alex McCarthy denied Dyche’s mean an even bigger margin of victory, despite a nervy ending caused by Pavel Pogrebnyak’s late header, which brushed a post and was deflected home off Jason Shackell’s thigh.
But Dyche was full of praise for his troops, who extended their winning sequence to six games and nine unbeaten.
“I am thrilled. There is a time when you try and keep things steady, but I thought we delivered a fine performance today. I think that is one of the best since I’ve been at the club,” said the Burnley manager.
“There was a different kind of feel with being top of the league against a Reading team that has just come out of the Premier League, are a big club in this division and highly fancied, with a very good manager and good, experienced players.
“But I thought some of our football was terrific. We opened them up at will at times in the second half and arguably deserved to win more comfortably.
“It got a big nervy in the final five minutes, with the mayhem that can sometimes happen from putting balls in the box, but it didn’t happen, I’m pleased to say and it would have been against the grain because I thought we deserved it.”
Burnley’s stunning form has now brought eight wins in the last nine in all competitions.
And Dyche, who won the manager of the month for September, insists the Clarets will go hard again following the international break.
He said: “I am waxing lyrical for the first time and rightly so. I spoke to the group this week about expectations and whether that changes you as an individual and as a team.
“I also spoke to them about Ed Moses, who was not beaten over 10 years and 122 races.
“I said ‘imagine getting to 50, then 70, then 90. What were his thoughts about the challenges, his opposition and all the science allowing everyone to get better and stronger?
“But he just kept winning. Now I am not suggesting it’s a given and I am not suggesting we will win forever.
“But you have to be open minded and push away that thought that ‘we’re due one’ (a defeat), because we are not.
“If you think about it statistically, you can win every game.
“It’s not probable, but the mindset has to be forget the past and look to the future.”
Dyche added: “Actions speak louder than words, so to go out and deliver that assured performance today is terrific.
“Now we go into an international break and we need that break.
“The players have put a hell of a lot in over the last six or so games, but we have laid down a marker for ourselves.
“If you keep going hard for long enough, things come your way and that is a team ethic,
“That is what they are doing. They are relentless at the moment.
“As I say, words are easy, performances less so, but they are really applying themselves.”