Clarets boss Sean Dyche won’t be telling striker Ashley Barnes to temper his aggressive style after a week under the microscope.
Burnley host Swansea City at Turf Moor tomorrow as they look to build on a quite brilliant point at Chelsea - which was overshadowed by Jose Mourinho’s reaction to an incident involving Barnes and Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Barnes accidentally caught the Serbian’s shin after being challenged while trying to pass the ball to David Jones, and Matic reacted angrily, earning himself a red card and a ban which was reduced to two games on appeal.
But Dyche, as he showed in a composed, sensible video response on Monday, has moved on, and Barnes is ready to as well: “I made my thoughts clear in the video - I felt it was a better way of finding closure, and we now move forward, simple as that.
“And Barnesy is ready to do that as well.
“I think he’s only been booked five times in 47 games for us.
“I don’t see anything other than a player giving everything he can to do well for himself, his teammates and Burnley.”
And after the media scrutiny - which overlooked the fact that Burnley are now the only team to take points at Chelsea and champions Manchester City so far this season - Dyche is pleased to get on with the day job tomorrow: “We’re looking forward to Swansea.
“The biggest shame last week is that I thought we delivered a very good performance at one of the hardest places to go in the country.
“It’s just what it is, but we know the performance level, and we were very pleased with it.
“Once again we’re showing signs of improved performances. It’s about turning that into winning football now.
“If we keep putting in performances like that, it bodes well.
“There are no guarantees, and every game is a challenge.
“Swansea are a good side who are going well.
“They seem to have a nice feel about them, and Garry Monk has done a good job since taking over.”