Sean Dyche insists complacency will not be an issue, despite the Clarets being widely touted by outsiders as genuine promotion contenders.
The Clarets go into back-to-back home games against Rotherham United tomorrow and Nottingham Forest on Tuesday with designs on breaking into the top two for the first time since November.
Victory over Fulham in November, which put Burnley in the top two
But Dyche insists the one-game-at-a-time mentality he has nurtured at Turf Moor will keep his players grounded.
He said: “We are a bigger concern than we were two years ago and a more serious one. That has changed the perception from outside I think.
“But the reality of the situation is that we don’t look at the Rotherham game like that.
“We respect every team that we come up against and we certainly don’t go into games thinking we are favourites, so this will be the outcome.
“You have to earn that right in every game and we talk a lot to the players about it. There are no ‘gimmies’ in football.
The Clarets enjoyed a hard-fought win at Rotherham in October
“We have seen recently the situation with MK Dons taking a point from Middlesbrough and three at Derby.
“We know the reality of the challenge in a tough league and in this topsy-turvy league you have to make sure you focus on every game, which we have made a really strong showing of.
“You want belief, but that belief can’t become arrogance and I’m really pleased that we don’t do that.”
Dyche reiterated that new signing Lloyd Dyer will not be in his 18-man squad as he is brought up-to-speed fitness wise.
He explained: “Lloyd has had spasmodic training because of his situation at Watford, so first things first; we will make sure he’s able because that’s the key thing.
“I don’t put players on a football pitch who aren’t fit, so there will be a bit of a window where he does some work and then we will judge him accordingly when he gets into the main training group and take things from there.
And the gaffer knows full well the challenge facing him against The Millers, who are looking for a bounce following the appointment of Neil Warnock as manager.”
He said: “Neil is one of only a few managers with more than 1,000 games under his belt and he knows this division and his record is good.
“He’s got a couple of people in to change their psychology. He will have his own format, that he’s worked with many times and been successful with, and I don’t think he’ll go miles away from that.
“He knows his challenge with Rotherham is to keep them in the league and our challenge is different.
“But I know we will both be ready and the teams will be ready.
“We have to play better than them and keep the back door shut and therein lies the challenge. Everything else is just outside noise!”
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