Sean Dyche insists there is a quiet confidence in the Clarets camp as they look to build on last weekend’s first Premier League win of the season at Cardiff.
Burnley head to south Wales buoyed by the 4-0 thumping of Bournemouth last weekend, which lifted the “fog” that Dyche felt was affecting his players at the start of the campaign.
And with three points in the pocket, Dyche feels his players can take another step forward against a City side yet to win since their promotion back to the top flight.
“Don’t get me wrong you want points on the board, but it’s very early and people forget that,” said Dyche.
“The magnification that occurs, in the Premier League particularly, on every game, is like ‘must win, must win’, and then the noise changes two or three days later.
“The fact is you want to get as many points on the board as you can, but the relevance is over the season and I said to the lads that last week is the start point.
“We haven’t been a million miles away from it. There have been some good performances but we haven’t got the points we wanted - and maybe you could argue that we deserved - but within that you have to do the business and go and actually get what you want, and we certainly did last week.”
He added: “Cardiff will be fighting, they will be working, they mix their play and they’re going to fight for everything they can get.
“They’re still finding their form and finding what works for them and what doesn’t work, and we have to capitalise on that, but they are still a useful side. You can’t be in the Premier League if you aren’t a decent side.”
Cardiff have drawn two and lost four of their opening six games since finishing as Championship runners-up last season.
And this week, Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock mused that he prefers the rigours of the Championship than the rarified air of the Premier League.
Dyche added: “Neil is someone I have the utmost respect for, particularly for the number of games he’s managed and the success he’s had.
“I think he said it again this week about preferring the Championship, and I presume he doesn’t mean literally, but I know what he means.
“In the Championship, if you have a decent side you’re up there winning games and working for the prize of being in the Premier League, but wins in the Premier League are much harder to come by on a consistent basis because you are playing some of the giants of English football. That makes it different.
“Personally, I like the Premier League, but I do understand his thought and I totally respect it.
“Neil is someone I have come to know over the year and has always been fair and kind to me, so I won’t have bad words said against him.
“If you go back to non-league, he has managed probably 1,400 to 1,500 games. That’s enormous!
“He’s certainly well over a thousand in league football, so he is certainly in the position to say what he believes.
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