Sean Dyche feels Burnley are now operating on a different plane to the side that dug out a goalless draw at Derby earlier this season.
The in-form Clarets host The Rams on Monday night having won four of their last five games to move within a point of Paul Clement’s promotion-chasers.
And Dyche is confident his players, fresh frOm three successive away wins, can maintain their recent good spell on their return at Turf Moor.
He said: “These are two different teams who have had a longer periods to work together now.
“The last meeting was early in the season and we, in particular, were remodelling the side and getting it to work how we imagined.
“Likewise, they had lots of changes. All I know is we are in good form and they have had a few bumps in the road themselves since.
“I feel we have improved since that last game though and I’ve been really pleased with some of the connections on the pitch and the way the units are operating.
“They are a good side, make no mistake, but we value ourselves as a very strong side, so the one thing is I know we will be up for the challenge.”
Eight different players were on the scoresheet for Burnley as they helped themselves to 10 goals in those three wins on the road, at Middlesbrough, MK Dons and Brentford.
Joey Barton and George Boyd both have two in successive games, with 16-goal Andre Gray, Scott Arfield, Sam Vokes, Matt Lowton, Stephen Ward and Rouwen Hennings all chipping in.
And Dyche is delighted that the goals are flowing from all areas.
He added: “There was a stat somewhere that two years ago it was mainly Sam (Vokes) and Danny Ings, but now we are scoring goals from all over the pitch.
“Every manager wants production from everywhere, but it also shows a sign of our attacking play and how we want to take the game on.
“Getting goals from all areas is a good sign of that and we’re in good spirits. I haven’t been too unhappy with the form in general though.
“We’ve been decent all season and more than decent lately. Before that, there were a few bumps in the road, but that can happen in the Championship.
“Some performances have been better than others, but I certainly wasn’t overly worried about the form of the team.
“I knew if we kept performing like that we would win games.”
Meanwhile, Dyche has also reiterated that no players will be leaving Turf Moor this January.
He said: “It’s good that people are talking about your players. But we are quite obviously not under threat, financially, and that gives us more power to say players are not for sale, and they’re not!
“We are in a position where we can say ‘no’ to everyone, and other teams know that. We’re not actively looking to promote a sale and if we do, it’ll be for our reason and not others.
“As for incomings, we have got money to spend, but there’s no guarantees. Is it helpful to have a bottomless pit? Probably. But does define what you are aiming for? No, it doesn’t.
“After I arrived only brought in Ashley Barnes in an 18-month period, and still got promoted. I am quite open minded about it.”
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