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'We're Not Shouting From The Rooftops' - Dyche

Boss believes players and fans are level-headed about top-six spot

30 November 2017

Sean Dyche insists no-one at Turf Moor is getting carried away by the Clarets’ lofty status in the Premier League.

And he believes the fans can also see the bigger picture, while continuing to enjoy the outstanding run of form their team is enjoying.

“We’re not shouting from the rooftops,” said Dyche, whose side went above Tottenham Hotspur into sixth place in the table with Wednesday night’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

“We know we have to fight every inch for what we get in this division and we will continue to apply that.

“I know thousands of fans here who know where the club’s at, know the belief of what’s going on at the club and they know the realities.

“Don’t forget, five years ago we were selling a player to make sure there was electricity going through the building.

“I don’t think they’ve forgotten. I think they know there’s a building process going on and I think they are enjoying what they’re seeing. They have seen the Premier League and they know how tough it is.”

The Clarets have come a long way since being forced to cash in on Charlie Austin when they sold their star striker to QPR in August, 2013.

They have since made massive strides on and off the pitch under Dyche, with seven wins from their opening 14 games making it Burnley’s best start to a top-flight season since the 1973/74 campaign.

And while the boss is keen for the supporters to enjoy what is a golden period at Turf Moor, he is pleased with how his playing staff is handling the challenge of competing at the top end of the Premier League.

Dyche added: “Dealing with things that aren’t going so well can be easier in a way because you have to make it better.

“Dealing with when you are having some successful periods is a different measure and I think we have done that well recently.

“There have been a lot of plaudits from different areas about the team and about the position we are in the league, but there has been a nice belief about what we do.

“There is a humble side to the team. We are moving forward and progressing, I believe, but we know we’re not the real deal.

“We know every game, no matter who we are playing, we have to give everything to the cause and I think there was another good marker against Bournemouth.

“We had come out of a knock against Arsenal. We had given everything, but yet again the whistle blew and we were ready for action again and delivered a very good performance.”

Midfielder Steven Defour is expected to be fit to face Leicester City on Saturday in the Clarets' next test, despite coming off late on in the win at Bournemouth with a knock to the knee.

But Matt Lowton is unlikely to be ready for the trip to the King Power Stadium after a knee injury ended his ever-present record against the Cherries, Phil Bardsley stepping in to make an impressive first league start of the season.

“I doubt it. He’s got a very minor medial ligament (injury),” confirmed Dyche.

“He went into a big challenge last weekend but managed to finish the game.

“It flared up on Tuesday, so we will have to keep an eye on that one, so I doubt he will be fit for the weekend.”

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