Sean Dyche feels Burnley could be enjoying the first international break of the campaign with more points in the bank.
The Clarets have earned four points from the opening four league games of the season, kicking off with a convincing home win against Southampton and being denied another win following a controversial last gasp penalty at Wolves.
Defeats away at Arsenal and at home to Liverpool have left the Clarets lying in 12th place in the embryonic league table.
And Dyche feels the level of consistency shown has merited more than the solitary win.
“We’re pleased with the first part of the season. There’s a different look and feel to us,” said the Clarets boss.
“Compared to last season we have improved and I think we are probably a little bit aggrieved that we haven’t got more points on the table.
“There was a contentious penalty at Wolves, when we probably deserved all three points, and arguably on another day we could have got something at Arsenal.
“It’s more about the belief in the group because the fitness is excellent, but the mentality has been good and some of the performances have been good.
There are some good signs and, overall, we are happy. “
Dyche, who could see Robbie Brady back to strengthen his hand after the two-week hiatus, added: “There is energy throughout the side and I’ve talked about the fire in the eyes.
“Well, now there is that edge to how we are going about our business.
“I thought that was on show again against Liverpool, but unfortunately teams like that can hurt you and they did.
“Now it’s about continuing and learning from these things.”
The Clarets are back in action on Saturday, September 14, with a visit to Brighton and Hove Albion.