Sean Dyche believes his Burnley boys have already proved some doubters wrong this season.
But the Clarets’ boss is not getting carried away by his team’s positive start, which sees them occupy 13th place in the Premier League before the first mid-week round of fixtures of the campaign.
Last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth took Burnley’s points’ tally to 17 – five more than they had at the corresponding stage two seasons ago when the Clarets ended up being relegated.
A total of 38 points would have been enough to stay up last season but Dyche isn’t looking that far ahead as he prepares his side to go in search of a first away win of the season at struggling West Ham United on Wednesday night.
The Burnley boss said: “There’s a long way to go. We’re certainly not over-thinking that.
“We’re going along steadily. We have certainly proved a few people wrong in this early part of the season.
“But we know the journey is through a whole season.
“Don’t get me wrong. It’s there to be recognised. We have certainly had a solid start, particularly at home which is well documented.
“But it’s so early in the Premier League season. Maybe not in the physical side of things, because we are well into December and coming up to that Christmas period, but there is still a lot of football to be played, so there is no getting too carried away with what we’ve done so far.
“Equally, we have to find a balance and say it’s been a solid start and that’s what you’d hope for after what we have learned from the last time around.”
The Clarets will again be without injured winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson for their first trip to the London Stadium to face the Hammers, who are 17th in the table with just two home league wins to their name.
But the Iceland international is recovering well from a hamstring injury sustained at the end of last month and is expected to re-join the group 'soon' according to Dyche.