Dean Marney has ordered the Clarets to play with more intensity and aggression on the road as they look for their first away win in the Premier League.
The midfielder, who scored his 10th goal for the club in the defeat against Manchester City, believes Sean Dyche’s side are a different animal at Turf Moor and wants to see the same bite and ferocity on enemy territory.
While Burnley are fifth in the hierarchy for games played on home soil, having taken 13 points from eight fixtures, they’re bottom of the pack on their travels with one point accrued from five games while a minus 12 goal difference is a cause for concern.
Ahead of the trip to the Britannia Stadium, where the Clarets take on Stoke City, the 32-year-old said: “We spoke about it a lot this week, why we’re a bit different at home and maybe we don’t play with the same intensity and aggression that we do at home. It’s important we look to change that, hopefully starting at Stoke.
“We’re a different animal at home, maybe a bit more aggressive and go at teams a bit more, where away we’re a little bit different. We’ve spoken about it and we’re looking to address it because we need to pick up points away from home.”
The Potters were the opposition two years ago when Burnley broke their duck away from home at the sixth attempt.
Danny Ings was on the scoresheet twice inside 15 minutes in a 2-1 win while Jonathan Walters’ strike after the half-hour mark set up a nervy finish.
“That would be nice, we’d take that result now,” Marney said. “They’ve got some quality players and it’s going to be a tough game. It’s important we go there and do what we’re good at.
“Sometimes it happens that when you win one you pick up two or three results straight after.”
Burnley, for the first time this season, bossed possession in the game against West Brom at the Hawthorns and were outrun by their opponents. They also enjoyed a club record number of passes in the top flight against the Baggies.
That, the former Spurs and Hull City man insists, ultimately led to their downfall in the Midlands.
“The gaffer identified it, it’s getting back to what we’re good at away from home and concentrating on ourselves rather than maybe trying to change the way we play,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to outpass teams and win games at this level. We never really have more possession than a team.
“West Brom sucked us into their game plan and did it really well. It was hugely disappointing but the beauty of football is there’s always another game around the corner.
“It’s important to put on a performance for the crowd and ourselves, and to get back to what we’re good at.
“I think anyone coming to Turf Moor will know they’re going to get a game, it’s trying to replicate that away from home, which is massively important for us.”