Sean Dyche was delighted to accept his nomination for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month Award for November – on behalf of the whole team.
The Burnley boss has found himself in the running for the prestigious accolade along with established top-flight managers in José Mourinho (Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) and eventual winner Alan Pardew (Newcastle United).
The recognition came after the Clarets followed two consecutive Premier League victories over Hull City and Stoke City with a draw against Aston Villa last month.
Despite their first defeat in five games at the hands of Queens Park Rangers last weekend, Burnley prepare to welcome Southampton to Turf Moor this Saturday unbeaten at home since October.
And Dyche believes the nomination highlights how well his team have been adapting to the demands of the Premier League.
He said: “I think it’s a marker for the team. I’ve said all along that the team are developing, learning and growing. I think there’ve been good signs of that.
“We had to see beyond the results and into the performances which I thought the team had done very well.
“The belief and feel-good factor amongst the group have both stayed high.
“Then we had two wins and two draws and it certainly should have been three wins out of them four. Then we had a reversed result at QPR, but we still produced a good performance in general.”
Dyche added: “Winning adds to believing and that’s a normal reaction for the mentality of any group at any level.
“The thing I’ve been most pleased with though is the adaptation of the team. We look like we’re settling slightly more.
“We’re performing with a more assured edge I’d say, but we also know the demands and that it’s not an easy task to continue to get results and win games.
“As much as we are doing it now, we have to keep looking at the angles, little one percents and the marginal gains we can find to help players get results.
“We’re not sitting back, but always looking for things that we can add, twist and turn, whether they’re tactical, technical, physical or mental – the four main blocks that we talk about.”
Meanwhile, Danny Ings also received a nomination for the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for November.
The Burnley striker scored three goals in four club appearances last month and also netted a double in the England under-21 team’s win over Portugal at Turf Moor.
Consequently, he was shortlisted for the accolade alongside former Claret Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), international teammate Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat and the eventual winner, Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero,
And Dyche has revealed he is not surprised by how well Ings is growing to the challenge of the English top-flight.
He added: “I said a number of weeks ago, when he was injured, that weirdly it might be a good one for him in the sense that he could go under the radar a little bit.
“There was a lot of expectation on him at the beginning of the season and with Sam Vokes being injured it meant there was more talk about Danny.
“He’s come back though and looked alive, full of energy and playing with a smile. That’s what I want him to do.
“He’s a young man developing and learning and he would do that naturally, some of it guided by us as coaches and myself as manager, but also just by his game.
“Self-learning is a big thing for me in players like him and he’s shown good signs of that, learning and adapting to the challenges of the Premier League.”