All you need to know ahead of the Clarets clash with West Ham UnitedSean Dyche insists he is seeing his side “grow” into the Premier League season.
The Clarets entertain West Ham United at Turf Moor today searching for that elusive first win of the campaign.
But the gaffer insists he is seeing signs that his players are edging closer towards earning a three points that could ignite their season.
He said: “I think there are challenges, but I think we are a good club and we are heading in the right direction
“I think there is growth in the side and they will continue to grow into this season.
“Of course, it’s documented that we lost 47 goals from two centre forwards last season and that’s a big hit for anyone to take.
“You can see the Liverpool situation with Suarez and Sturridge. It has an effect on a team, of course, but we still believe in the players we have and it’s a great opportunity.
“The margins are tight but we believe in what we are doing and I think we are close to what we all want, which is winning games.”
Dyche, who welcomes back last season’s 26-goal top scorer Danny Ings for the clash with the Hammers, added: “If anything the ‘one game at a time’ mantra applies even more this year because it’s a steep learning curve.
“We are a slightly different model to the norm in what we are trying to achieve here. But there is a collective thinking from the board through myself and I include the fans in that.
“I think they have come to realise what the club is trying to achieve by building on a different platform than previously.
“There are a lot for good things going on here and it all needs to be paid for somewhere down the line.
“But alongside that we want the team to be competitive.”
Ings’ expected return to the starting line-up, alongside midfielder David Jones, strengthens the Clarets hand.
Dyche explained: “Danny has had a good week, so he is certainly in the thinking and it’s important that he was on the grass early in the week. We prefer them to train with the group for a given period, rather than throwing them in at the last minute.
“He’s had that full week, so he now comes into the thinking.
“We know we need goals and goalscoring is one of the major differences between the Championship and the Premier League.
“There’s a scramble for goalscorers and we all know the enormous figures they generate. So the front end of the pitch is important, but the higher you go the defenders get better as well, which means you, in turn, need to be better.”
Our new fanzone will be open for the first time ahead of today’s game against West Ham United. Located between the Jimmy Mcilroy and James Hargreaves stands, it will be open from 12pm and there will be a full programme of entertainment from this time, featuring:
• Entertainment from a Live band “ the Sixties Gems”
• An appearance from Sam Vokes!
• Bertie Bee Appearance
• A draw for “family of the day” will take place, the winning family will get to watch the team warm up from the home dug-out
• Lots of fun and games from the live compere on stage
Wood Fired Pizza will be also on sale, as well as pies and confectionary from the beer tent.
The Beer Tent will offer all normal bar products plus the following real ales in association with the award winning Moorhouse's Brewery:
Pride of Pendle
Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce that the iPie matchday food app launched last season proved to be a massive success and will be in operation again for tomorrow's match against West Ham United.
The iPie app allows fans to purchase their matchday refreshments from their mobile phone and collect on the day of the match.
Simple, quick, and most importantly no queueing!
The iPie app is available for fans located in the Jimmy McIlroy Upper, Jimmy McIlroy Lower, James Hargreaves Upper, and James Hargreaves Lower.
The new collection points for the iPie app are as follows:
Jimmy McIlroy Upper – Opposite the Ralph Coates Food Bar
Jimmy McIlroy Lower – Opposite the Leighton James Food Bar
James Hargreaves Upper – Opposite the Jerry Dawson Food Bar
James Hargreaves Lower – Opposite the Harold Mather Food Bar
As ever, the best place to follow the action if you can’t make it to Turf Moor is on Clarets Player!
We’ll bringing you full match commentary and today Phil Bird will be joined by Clarets striker Sam Vokes.
You can enjoy Clarets Player for just £4.49 per month, to sign up CLICK HERE
You can also follow the action and reaction with our minute-by-minute Twitter updates @BurnleyOfficial by searching for the #ClaretsLIVE.
And after the match you can vote for your man of the match on the Clarets Wall.