Dyche aiming to get back into the winning habit
Burnley have gone six games without a win, having won nine of their previous 12 outings.
They sit fifth ahead of the visit of the Addicks, eight points outside the automatic promotion places, but he isn’t concerned about getting left behind just yet: “There’s a long, long way to go, but you want to be as close to the top as you can, obviously, we’re still right in the mix.
“The bigger picture is we recently won nine out of 12, that’s not an easy thing to do. So I know the team can win.
“Its making sure the focus stays on that and we get back to the winning habit as quickly as possible, because you don’t want it to go too long.
“We’ve had some tough away games, and a couple of things have gone against us, out of out control.
“But we have to take care of business. Our next marker is to do that.”
Dyche is well aware the transfer window opens on New Year’s Day, and expects to do more business in January.
But does he fear the likes of big-spending Derby County and Middlesbrough will push the boat again again? “I don’t know if they’ll strengthen, it depends how deep their pockets are, or if financial fair play show their faces which they never seem to.
“Joking apart, Sheffield Wednesday have spent a small fortune, Brighton have spent more than you think, especially with loan fees, Cardiff have been building a team.
“There are a lot of runners and riders and we certainly feel we are one of them, make no mistake.
“Weve had an awkward run, but we certainly think we’re up there as one of them.
“We’ve had a go ourselves, I was misquoted earlier in the season about the money Middlesbrough have spent, and Derby, I have no problem with that whatsoever.”
Asked if Burnley will spend again in the window, he said, simply, “Yes”, but would the Clarets be left behind if they didn’t: “Not with the strength of how we play and what we do.
“But you want to push forwards, that’s the key thing, and we think we’re close to being even better, but the margins in this division are so fine.
“They are at the top end of the division, not always at the bottom end.
“You’ve still got to play against who you’ve got to play against and make sure you take care of business.”