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Dyche: We're Back To Underdogs

21 September 2018

Sean Dyche is refusing to rip up the template that has brought Burnley success as his “underdogs” look to get back to winning ways this weekend.

The Clarets boss believes the club has come full circle, following a challenging start to the Premier League season on the back of a truncated European campaign.

But Dyche admits his players need to up the ante to kick-start their season, starting at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Dyche said: “It’s not just working hard; It’s working smart and we’ve kind of gone full circle in a short time frame.

“I think most people on the outside thought Burnley would be strong again because they’d proved it last season.

“I don’t think I was taking it quite as powerfully as that because I know the demands of the Premier League and that you can have these runs.

“Weirdly, we’ve kind of ended up being back to underdogs again and what everyone supposes of us, which is the team that historically punches above its weight.

“What’s happened is down to a mixture of things, I think. We knew the challenges would be there at the start of the season - and it’s definitely been a challenge.

“But most of all it’s about our own performance levels and doing that properly and correctly.

“We haven’t done that in a couple of games – not all, because we’ve been good in some of the games, particularly against Southampton and the first half against Watford earlier in the season.

“But some of the other performances haven’t been good enough and we need to sort that as a group and get back to performing at the top of our game and that’s where we haven’t quite found our feet yet. “

Dyche, who will again be without injured trio Robbie Brady, Steven Defour and Ben Gibson for the visit of the Cherries, added: “We don’t just sit on what we do and say, ‘oh, it will work again’.

“You have to be open-minded about what you are doing and question whether the players are still excited by the challenge, or if it’s what they need.

“The balance to that is not going too far away from what’s been successful.

“We have created a lot of good things here over five and a half years, so we are certainly not going to discount all the good stuff we do.

"It’s how many different ideas you can have to how you work. Also, it’s about listening to the players.

“We want them to go out and know their jobs, but add what they think they can to the performances.”

Clarets Player will have live commentary from Turf Moor on Saturday, from 2.45pm. Day passes are now available to listen to commentary, either on PC, laptop, tablet on mobile devices.

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