Clarets boss Dyche – We have it within us to do it

Burnleys manager Sean Dyce before the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 25, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Burnleys manager Sean Dyce before the Barclays Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 25, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche remains convinced his players can score the goals to get them out of relegation trouble.

Burnley are five points adrift of safety with four games remaining, and have gone 480 minutes without a goal.

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to West Ham, Dyche feels there isn’t much wrong with his side’s performances – they are only lacking that cutting edge.

He has called on his players to relax, and said: “I do believe we have it within us to score the goals.

“Sometimes you need that relaxed focus. People can overthink it – when you are flowing and relaxed, it becomes natural, but we are snatching at things.

“We have to retain that relaxed focus and play freely.

“We had a spell early in the season when we weren’t scoring many goals, but over Christmas we were – three at Newcastle, two at Manchester City, goals at home...

“Early season we were creating chances, but in this run we are creating better quality and more chances.

“Early in the season, statistically we were creating as many chances as we were doing last season, it was down to the quality, but we are creating better chances at the moment, we just haven’t taken them.

“While attempting to affect that, we have to keep the ball out at the other end, and we’ve done that pretty well.

“The best form of defence is attack.”

And he knows how quickly perception can change in the Premier League – a win at Upton Park could, potentially, put the Clarets slap, bang back in the mix for survival: “I’m sure there will be twists and turns yet, this is probably the biggest division for a win and three points changing the look of everything.

“Our job hasn’t changed - we have to get that next win. It sounds easy, but on the run we’re on, it would suggest it’s difficult. Wins always had to come, but the games are running out now.

“We can’t worry about other results, we just have to focus on our job.”

He knows his players have to be right at it tomorrow, albeit against a West Ham side with one win in 12 games: “The frustrating thing is that performances, on the whole, have been good. We’ve had our ups and downs, but that can happen in the Premier League.

“But against Leicester, I was pleased with the patience we showed, and the chances we created.

“We have to be more clinical. We statted well against Leicester – they were as powerful as they have been all season. But stats don’t win games, goals do.

“We created enough chances, but Leicester took theirs.

“Shots on goal were as high as they have been all season, we had 200-plus passes in the second half to Leicester’s 50, we had 60% possession, 25 crosses, 43 penalty area entries, 85 final third entries.

“We have to score though. Goals don’t just change the physical scoreline, they change the perception and feel of games.

“My job is to look through it and see the facts.

“We don’t purely look at stats, but they are a retrospective way of seeing if what my eyes told me was correct.

“There has to be fact to your eyes and emotions, to get clarity to what you think you’ve seen.

“Facts don’t win games, goals do, and we have to score goals.”

Ashley Barnes returns to the squad after suspension, and Dyche is hopeful Sam Vokes will be fit after a thigh problem kept him out against Leicester: “We have to wait and see with Sam. The physios were saying it had eased on Wednesday, but we’ll see if he gets out on the grass first.”

Otherwise, Dyche has no other injury concerns, other than long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long.