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Dyche: We'll See Through Outside Perception

3 October 2014

Sean Dyche says it is his job to see through the outside perception as they look to register their first win of the season at Leicester City.

Much has been made of the Clarets lack of goals so far this season, with their last coming through Scott Arfield against Chelsea in the opening game.

However, Dyche insists he is not concerned by the media scrutiny in the wake of defeat at West Bromwich Albion and instead chooses to focus on the statistics which suggest another goal is not far away.

Dyche said: “We’re only under the microscope because we haven’t scored since the opening day of the season.

“I’ve mentioned it many times that it’s my job to see through the opinion and the noise as I call it on the outside of it.

“We look at games in many different ways, objectively with the sound down so there is no emotion to it.

“From other eyes we get people who come and watch and give a cold opinion if you like of just seeing us.

“We also de-brief with the players and behind all that we have the pro zone stats to work with.

“We look at them and use them for a guide as to how the team is really operating, not the perception of it.

“One example of that is six games into last season, we had 80 efforts at goal and 40 on target. Bearing in mind, with all due respect to Yeovil, we played them and had 21 in one game.

“This season after six games in the Premier League we’ve had 72 efforts at goal and 37 on target which is a statistically higher amount.

“It would be a lot harder to take as a manager if the stats are not backing up what you think you’re seeing.

“We’re not a zealot to stats but as I say we use them to guide us and if those stats weren’t as strong as what they are then we’d start questioning ourselves.”

Leicester City have made an unbeaten start at home in the Premier League, with positive results against Arsenal and Everton, before the 5-3 victory over Manchester United.

And that start comes as no surprise to Dyche, after he saw Nigel Pearson’s side storm to the Championship title, with Burnley finished 2nd to join them amongst the elite.

Dyche added: “I’m not surprised at all, they’ve done very well last season and they’ve done very well this season.

“They’ve brought in good players to add to the ones they already have and I think they’re challenge now is to continue what they’re doing.

“We all know that expectation rises quickly and despite an awkward result last week, they’ll be looking to correct that.

“We’ll be looking to correct our performance at West Brom in order to get what we want so it makes for another exciting challenge for us.”


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