Dyche Reflects On Top Six Start
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has used his midweek interview during the October international break to reflect on our start to the season.
With seven games played, Burnley have picked up three wins and three draws with only one defeat, and we've also scored seven goals, conceding five - all in it leaves us in six place in the Premier League table, tied on 12 points with Liverpool and Watford, but ahead of them based on better goal difference.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week, Dyche knew he couldn't be anything other than delighted with our points return so far in 2017/18.
The last time Burnley started a season in the top flight in this fashion, it was back in 1973 when Jimmy Adamson's side were unbeaten through the opening seven matches to sit second in what is fondly remembered as the old First Division.
1973 is before my time but having faced Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton in our opening run of fixtures, that highlights just how well we've done, even if it hasn't always been pretty.
'It`s fair to reflect on a good start. 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.'
Dyche went on to say.
'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.'
So far, Burnley have picked up one more point than we managed on the road last campaign where we had to wait until April for a first success on our travels and Dyche knows that turn in form with be vital for us.
'The players deserve amazing credit, my staff as well, because we look at the detail. 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.'
With back to back years in the Premier League, Dyche feels we can already see the difference that is giving us.
'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.'