Dyche – We need killer instinct
Sean Dyche has backed his players to find their killer instinct in their final six Premier League games.
The Clarets have become harder to score against, shipping seven in seven outings, including fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal.
But they have only scored once in six games - albeit tempered by successive games against the top eight sides.
Dyche knows his players have to start finding the net with more regularity to survive, and he said: “We’ve shown this season we can score goals, and we’ve got to bring that on thick and fast, we know that.
“We have six big games now, but also there has to be a balance to it, we’re not naive.
“People gave us no chance of getting anything in this run of eight games, arguably maybe Swansea at home people thought we might get something, but we’ve got five points.
“We’re here, willing and ready, there’s no lack of appetite, good tactical understanding from the players, but those moments of quality we have to make sure we take the chances we create, and make even better chances.
“We turned it early season, started scoring, and we’ve got to do that again.”
Burnley now face sides predominantly in the bottom half of the table – including teams directly involved in the relegation battle, including Leicester City, Hull City and, arguably, Aston Villa.
And Dyche hopes a different challenge brings the best out of his men: “We have six different kind of games, awkward, edgy games, and there’s a strength in that for us.
“I think we have a lot more freedom, less expectation in the media, though we have our own expectation, which is large, because we have a lot of belief going into these games.
“We want to be effective enough to win them.
“We have to learn from what we’ve done, package it all together and put it all into the last six games.
“I know if our performances are right we will win games, and then it looks after itself.
“We are still in that position to take care of ourselves, which is a great position to be in, but we’ve got to do it, make sure we get the wins we need.”