'Why would there be any panic?' - Sky pundit delivers bullish Burnley survival verdict despite poor start
Andy Hinchcliffe has argued that Burnley have no reason to panic about their Premier League status this season, despite taking just two points from their opening seven matches.
The Clarets go into Monday evening’s clash against Crystal Palace second-bottom in the table, and still awaiting their first win of the campaign.
As things stand, Sean Dyche’s men are two points from safety, but have two games in hand over 17th-placed Fulham.
Burnley are not unaccustomed to starting their season slowly, and while this is the poorest start they have made since being promoted to the top flight in 2016, Hinchcliffe believes that they have more than enough in their locker to pull clear of a relegation battle this term.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, the former England international said: “Most seasons people write Burnley off and say ‘This is the season where Burnley get relegated’, and it just never happens.
"Yes, they have been here before, and that experience will count, but there’ll be no panic. Why would there be any panic?
"Sean Dyche, he knows how his team wants to play, and actually, they’re defending really well, they’re just not creating the chances, scoring the goals. Eventually that will come.
"The league table, of course, makes poor reading, but I’m convinced that Burnley will turn it around.”
After seven games last season, Burnley had amassed nine points, picking up two wins and three draws.
This term has been altogether less successful, with two draws and five defeats so far.
The Clarets’ tally of three goals scored is also the worst in the division at this early stage.