Jeff Hendrick hopes the quality of his winning goal at Everton will earn the Clarets the credit they deserve.
But the midfielder knows the feeling in the dressing room is what really counts and that could hardly be better after Sean Dyche’s men secured a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park to head into the international break sixth in the Premier League table.
“The lads worked the ball well from side to side and then a great switch across and thankfully I was on the end of it. But it started way back earlier than that and it was a great goal,” said Hendrick, whose first-half strike followed a 24-pass build-up.
“Hopefully we can slowly change the perception people have of us.
“This year we have played some great football.
“People think we are a 4-4-2, long-ball team but I don’t think we’ve played 4-4-2 often this year.
“But we don’t mind. We have the confidence in the group and we just need to keep that going.
“We have started the season well. We want to get a result from every game and we want to keep pushing.
“Teams know they are going to get a hard game when they play us. We will fight to the end.
“We are working hard every week in training and we want to be as high up the table as we can be.”
The Clarets have started only one league game so far this season with a traditional 4-4-2 line-up – the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace – as the squad continues to evolve under Dyche.
Hendrick’s first goal of the season came from an advanced midfield role as the Republic of Ireland international extended the Clarets’ remarkable unbeaten start away from home.
The Clarets have now taken points at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton – digging deep to protect their lead at Everton with a third clean sheet in four league games which secured Burnley’s first win at Goodison Park in over 40 years.
“It was massive,” added Hendrick. “We have started the season brightly. They have been under a bit of pressure and getting a bit of stick from different people so we knew the game was a bit more about us and putting our style of play on them.
“We got our goal and then they grew into it in the second half. They changed formation and pushed a lot of people forward.
“It was difficult, but we ground it out as a team.
“They put a lot of balls in the box but the lads at the back were clearing things, getting their bodies in the way. They were brilliant and everyone out there worked so hard.”