Sean Dyche admitted he would be happy not winning a manager of the month award all season, so long as he’s being nominated!
The Clarets boss, along with star striker Andre Gray, narrowly missed out on the Football League’s October’s Manager and Player of the Month awards, following a month that brought four wins and a draw.
Andre Gray on target v Fulham
A new month kicked off with a ninth victory in 12 games against Fulham at Turf Moor on Tuesday.
And Dyche hopes for another bumper points haul, starting at Wolves tomorrow, to again highlight the progress being made by his players.
He said: “The players are out there doing it and that’s the main thing. If they are doing well, it stands to reason that we are recognised when it comes to awards nominations.
“The reality is though, as much as they are nice for everyone involved, it’s more about the points on the board.
“Not for a moment would I undermine the (awards) process because it involves a panel of good people who have to look at the big picture on a monthly basis.
“But they are an add-on really and the real recognition we look for is the continued belief in each other.
“After that, if it leads to wins, it inevitably leads to awards. On this occasion we didn’t get them, but I won’t mind us not winning it every month if we’re being nominated, because that will mean we are putting points on the board.”
The Clarets were one of three teams to rack up 10 points from 12 in October, along with league leaders Hull City and Derby County.
Three points at Ewood Park
And Dyche puts his side’s remarkable consistency down to ‘automaticity’.
He explained: “It’s the old adage, never get too high with the highs and never get too low with the lows.
“We know where we are and the standards we expect and we strive for them all the time in order to get that automaticity.
“That means training properly, all of the time, so that when it comes to doing it for real you are ready.
“If you are naturally doing the right things all of the time, those habits become automatic.”
Dyche added: “We don’t look at the run we’re on. That’s only mentioned by the media. Just because you’ve won one game and played well, it doesn’t owe you the next.
“You have to prepare and be right all of the time and we’ve instilled that into the players. They are the ones who have grabbed it and run with it.
“Even that mentality doesn’t guarantee the next result, but if you have that level of demand and a balanced thinking, then I think it gives you the clarity needed in order to perform and win games.”
Tomorrow’s hosts, Wolves, have won once in their last five league games, and currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.
But Dyche warned his side can expect a tough contest against Kenny Jackett’s hard-working side.
He said: “We’ve gained a lot of experience over the last few years of playing at some of the giants of football.
“That can only stand you in good stead for the big games in the Championship. There are lots of them and Wolves is a great place to go.
“Kenny Jackett is a good man and he’s done a fantastic job down the years at a number of clubs.
“They have been a little up and down this season, after having a very strong season last season, but they are still a good side.
“There’s a real respect throughout the division and you come to recognise that even if teams are not having great form it doesn’t make then a bad side.
“We are fully respectful of that and Kenny will have his team ready.”
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