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Boss Delighted With Clarets' Start

Sean Dyche reflects on opening weeks as Burnley sit in top-six spot

5 October 2017

Sean Dyche wouldn’t swap the Clarets’ start to the season after seeing his side head into the latest international break sitting sixth in the Premier League.

Burnley haven’t enjoyed such an impressive start to a top-flight campaign since 1973, when Jimmy Adamson’s side went unbeaten through their opening seven games to sit second in the old First Division.

The present-day Clarets have been beaten once in their first seven matches but their points’ total of 12 is all the more impressive given an itinerary that has sent Dyche’s side to Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton – four of last season’s top-seven sides –­ in the opening weeks of the campaign.

“It’s fair to reflect on a good start,” the Burnley boss told Clarets Player HD.

“When you think of the difficulties within the Premier League and then you look at that fixture list and you go ‘that is a tough start’.

“Particularly away from home, and that’s not doing anyone down because teams are good teams.

“We’ve seen that already with Huddersfield coming here and it being a real tough game.

“Palace, who haven’t got a point yet, providing their best performance of the season (against us), which can happen.

“Every game is tough but you do look at some on paper and say; ‘that’s a tough away start’.

“To deliver what the lads have delivered has been fantastic.”

Burnley haven’t been unbeaten in four away games to start a top-flight season since Harry Potts took his side to West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Everton and Newcastle at the beginning of the 1966/67 season.

And the Clarets’ current run of form could hardly contrast more sharply with last season when, despite a steady improvement in performances, it took until the end of April to secure a first success away from Turf Moor.

Already, Dyche’s men have secured one point more on the road than they did throughout last season, when they finished 16th in the table to secure back-to-back top-flight campaigns for the first time since 1975.

 

“The players deserve amazing credit, my staff as well, because we look at the detail,” added Dyche, who will reach five years in charge at Turf Moor at the end of the month.

“We don’t over-think it and it’s not radical change. It’s trying to add little bits and little bits and the players of course – their knowledge and their growth, as I use, and their development within the Premier League.

“I think there is just an edge of slightly more assuredness where we are going around these grounds and going ‘okay, we’re all right’.

“I try and balance everything and it is ‘so far’. But would I take the start we’ve had? 

“All day. With the players, with the staff and with the fans. Absolutely so. Onwards and upwards.”

Sean Dyche looks back on his first five years at Turf Moor and the development the team and club has enjoyed in that time in a special feature on Clarets Player HD next week.


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