Dyche demands brave displays
Published 21/08/2014 | 16:41
Sean Dyche insists it is no time for his Burnley side to go on the defensive despite opening their Barclays Premier League campaign with a defeat to Chelsea.
Defeat was widely predicted for the Clarets on their top-flight return, paired as they were with the title favourites, but they took an unlikely lead through Scott Arfield before succumbing 3-1.
The two-goal difference does not quite do justice to Chelsea's dominance and it might easily have been worse had Jose Mourinho's side put their foot down in the second period.
But Dyche, who showed his attacking instincts by starting with both Danny Ings and Lukas Jutkiewicz up front, has not been deterred by the experience.
With a trip to Swansea next up on Saturday, he has vowed to continue a positive approach in the opening weeks of the campaign.
"We want to be brave in how we play," he said. "We were last season and we want to experiment with it of course.
"Over the season that might change slightly but we want to be brave in the early part of the season, to fathom out where we are and how we play, how that works against better opposition.
"That was my thinking behind playing two centre forwards (against Chelsea), it's something I like to do.
"We obviously know the competition has increased, the power and ability of the opposition has increased and we want to attempt to play in that brave manner generally, but we're not naive, we might have to be flexible as the season develops."
Dyche, who won universal praise for guiding an unfancied side to promotion on a shoestring last season, is still looking to add new faces ahead of the transfer deadline.
His additions thus far have been typically low-key, Wolves full-back Stephen Ward the latest addition alongside the likes of Steven Reid, Michael Kightly and Matt Taylor.
Dyche admits he is no position to splurge on star names but is keen to continue recruiting before the window shuts.
"There's no real superstar names, we've brought in the same kind of players we've had," he said.
"It's not disrespectful but you look at Chelsea, signing players for £30million, and that's not our world.
"We've not got names that light up the average fan out there but football people know who they are and what they're about and they're an important part of the unit.
"It won't be about individuals for us, it will be about the group and how we go about our business as a collective.
"We're looking to really build that group still, there's time yet. There is finance available but it's not endless, we still have to use it wisely and cut our cloth accordingly."