Sean Dyche working for a solution to Burnley's lack of goals and creativity

Sean Dyche is working on solutions to Burnley’s lack of goals.

Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

But he insists the responsibility doesn’t just lie with his strikers.

The Clarets have netted only three goals in seven Premier League outings so far this season, and one in their last six.

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Last season Burnley hit 43 – two fewer than their Premier League best of 45, set the season before.

However, all aspects of their attacking play are down, with expected goals (xG) down to 0.77 from 1.29 last season, while the number of big chances created per game is at 0.85 from 2.1.

Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez have demonstrated they are capable of double figures at this level, while Matej Vydra has also shown he can chip in, and

Dyche said: “We are looking for solutions.

“I think creating chances is one thing, or quality of chance, and having players who can take those chances.

“Some of that comes with the confidence of the side. We have to build that confidence, we can’t wait for it to happen.

“We have to build it from within the camp, but it does help when you are performing, and we have to add to the quality of performance by creating more.

“It has to start somewhere, and Brighton was another base and a clean sheet, and a good solid performance away from home.”

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Burnley are historically clinical, their defensive organisation keeping them in games, while they often nick three points by taking the chances on offer.

However, with chance creation at a premium, it is hard for the strikers to build confidence: “All strikers are looking for goals of course.

“I think confidence is a strange thing, you create confidence from what you do, and they are willing and trying to get in the right areas.

“It’s not just the strikers by the way, you’ve got to create from deeper than the striking position, to make better chances.

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“I thought we did against West Brom, certainly a couple against Tottenham, who are a good side, and at Brighton, diligent defensively, good with our shape and the feel of the performance, the energy and commitment. Now we’ve got to find the thing that creates better chances – individual creativity, team creativity, and at least give the strikers an improved chance.

“But we can’t just rely on them.

“We’ve committed as a team to scoring from all over the place – we’ve scored from set pieces and still look a threat from those.

“The thing I know about football, you’ve never as far away as you think, but we have to keep adding to these performances in order to win games.”

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Statisticians have grouped Burnley in the ‘languidly clinical’ group – creating few chances, but of good quality, making effective use of them.

That simply hasn’t been the case this season, and Dyche added: “It is difficult to create chances in the Premier League, that is why players who take them cost £50m, and we know that is not our bag.

“Historically we take chances, we might average nine to 12 chances a game, but it is the quality of chance.

“At Brighton we still found moments but not clear chances and I think we have to keep working and searching for those.”