Thoughts from the boss and everything that's happening in and around Turf Moor tomorrowSean Dyche has ensured Burnley are looking at both sides of the picture as they prepare to welcome Everton to Turf Moor on Sunday.
Ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures, the Clarets are still looking for that elusive first win back in the Premier League.
However, with his team having consistently delivered good performances so far this season, the Burnley manager keeps looking at the positives – without underestimating the negatives.
Dyche said: “It’s not being positive for positive sake. We didn’t perform well at West Brom and they did – simple as that.
“But when you play teams like West Ham and you play as well as we did for certainly the first half and the last fifteen minutes, you can’t just overlook that. There’s got to be positives within and I thought there were.
“I thought we were absolutely excellent for a lot of the first half. We created lots of chances, we had the feel, energy and flow of the game and good quality of play, so we have to build on that.
“Equally, we can’t be naïve enough to think that if you give people a window of opportunity to get back in the game at this level, they won’t take it.
“They’re not guaranteed to do so, but they’ve got a chance to take it because of their higher level of players than in the Championship, for example.
“I think that was the biggest thing about last week against West Ham. We are arguably in the highest ladder in world football, so you have to take chances when you’re on top.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s encounter with Everton, Dyche maintains the challenge in front of him and his team has not changed.
He added: “We move forward. There’s no blind faith here and everyone knows the realities.
“The challenge is a massive one for us to perform and win games in the Premier League on a regular basis.
“It’s a challenge we all absolutely want, we’re loving and enjoying it, but not as much as when we’re winning.
“Because when you’re winning, that’s when you’re really loving it.”
Meanwhile, the Clarets boss has also played down suggestions that Burnley will have an advantage heading into this weekend’s contest against the Blues.
Everton were last in action only on Thursday night when they were held to a goalless draw away at Lille in the Europa League group stages.
However, Dyche does not believe that the opposition’s busy run of fixtures will play its part in the outcome of Sunday’s game.
He said: “I don’t think you overthink it. They’re in Europe which is fantastic for them. Of course, when you play on a Sunday, you would prefer not to have played on a Thursday.
“Aside from that, though, the way these clubs travel, I think someone said they were back in bed at twelve o’clock. We don’t normally get that when travelling by bus from most away games!
“I certainly don’t overthink that. I think they will be prepared as we always are physically and tactically. And we will be ready to do that again.”
Burnley Football Club’s Fanzone was an immediate hit with fans, young and old.
And our pre-match facility will be in place again this weekend ahead of the Premier League game v Everton.
This weekend we’ve doubled our beer order, so why not come down and join the fun from 11am.
The Fanzone is situated in a large marquee between the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves stands and hosts a full programme of entertainment, including player appearances, live music, Bertie Bee and a draw to become our VIP Fans of the Week, where the prize is to watch the team warm up from the comfort of the home dug-out. In addition there’s lots of fun and games.
And after the match you can vote for your man of the match on the Clarets Wall.
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We’ll bringing you full match commentary and today Phil Bird will be joined by Clarets striker Sam Vokes.
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