Sean Dyche believes his side can go to the Stadium of Light and play with their usual freedom this weekend against Sunderland.
The Clarets head in to the game on the back of a two-week break from Premier League action, sitting level on the points with their hosts.
And the boss says his side will go about their business in the usual manner, regardless of what has been made of Sunderland’s run of form.
Dyche said: “I’m sure it doesn’t work like that in football and you can’t take anyone lightly.
“When you’re a team like ourselves in this division we can’t take anything for granted and just go on the fact someone is having a bad run.
“We have to make sure we’re right in every minute of every game and that was proved against Crystal Palace.
“That’s how tough this division is and we just focus on ourselves as opposed to looking at other team’s form.
“I know that Gus is putting a lot of expectation on his players for this game and I think the fans do there as well.
“I think there is a really big expectation there as it’s a big club obviously so you do understand that.
“They’ve got to live up to that and we’ve got to just keep focused on what we’re doing here.
“After 10 games people were saying we’ve got no chance and here we are sat in reasonable shape in the grand scheme of what we’re trying to achieve.
“We’re making a fist of it as a minimum really because some of our performances have been very good and there a signs of adapting nicely to the Premier League.”
He added: “There is an excitement about the team, the town and the fans about what we’re hoping to achieve this season and the way we’re going about it.
“I think we’re taking about 3000 up there again so whilst there’s a challenge to it, there is a great feeling about what we’re trying to do.”
“We’ve had encouraging signs from Stephen Ward and he’s making good progress after his operation.
“Matty Taylor is close, he has been training with us but there was a Development Squad game in the week and he didn’t quite get involved with that.
“Good minutes on the pitch for Duffo and Vokesy so we’re looking like everyone is getting back to fitness which we’ll need for the rest of the season.”
Tickets for this game are still on sale at our Turf Moor ticket office and over the phone 0871 221 1914 (opt 2) and are priced as follows:until 4pm today
Over 65’s £19
Under 16’s £10
Please note: There will be no option to pay on the day of this fixture for Burnley fans.
Lancashire-born official Lee Mason will take charge of the Clarets trip to Sunderland this weekend. Mason has refereed 18 games this season, producing 57 yellow cards and 5 red cards in the process.
Mr Mason will be assisted by A Halliday, D Eaton and fourth official G Scott.
The Clarets will be wearing their silver third shirt for the first time this weekend at the Stadium of Light.