Sean Dyche insists a tight-knit squad is one of his main strengths going into the final few months of the season.
The Clarets sit atop the league going into Tuesday’s game at Fulham, having used fewer players than any other Championship team.
And boss Dyche believes the fact every player is challenging for a starting spot can only be a boost as he eyes another three points at Craven Cottage.
He said: “A squad is something we have worked hard to build over the past few years.
“It wasn’t always available to us and we still work with a tight squad. If you look in terms of other Championship teams we’ve only used 23 players, where some have used 30-plus.
“But I want that tight-knit group. The main thing is to have a challenging one, where there are very fine margins.
“At the moment we have the luxury, for once, of having players who don’t actually make the side or the bench.
“That’s an unusual situation I’ve had since I arrived here, but it’s another good thing to have such a challenging group.”
The Clarets head south for Tuesday’s capital clash unbeaten in 12 league games, dating back to Boxing Day.
And Dyche feels his squad are gaining collective strength from their resilient nature, which has seen them grind out successive derby wins over Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, without hitting the heights of recent weeks.
He said: “We are gaining a deeper understanding of how to win games, game management and the glue that holds performances together in order to win.
“It’s not just about tactical shape; there is a lot more to it than that and we now have an enhanced feel for that, which can only be beneficial going forwards because not every game pans out the way you want it to.
“It goes back to getting each game, as it comes, right, because then all the other things come.
“Last weekend, everyone was talking about it being 38 years since we beat Blackburn at home, but the fact is that if you get the performance right and get the win, everything comes to you like a magnet.
“It’s one game at a time and the next game is Fulham. They are a side that can score goals and they have conceded a lot this season.
“The new manager there seems to be trying to find a balance. He has played many different styles over his games there and they are still a team that, on any given day, can bet anyone else.
“We will take them seriously by aligning our players to what we feel is important about them, but the focus is about us and what we do and deliver.”
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