Sean Dyche “very confident” in Burnley’s hopes for survival

Sean Dyche’s Burnley is 18th in the Premier League table (Martin Rickett / PA). (PA wire)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is heading into 2022 feeling “very confident” about his team’s prospects in their attempt to avoid relegation.

After Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United, the Clarets sit 18th in the Premier League with 11 points and just one win in 16 games.

They are two points behind Watford, 17th, and five behind Leeds, 16th, with one and two games in hand respectively against these teams.

But Dyche, whose team traveled to Leeds on Sunday, said at a press conference when asked how confident he was Burnley could make a difference in the New Year: ” Very confident.

“Performance levels have been generally high. The details are so vital in any game, and the margins. Obviously we need to change that, but the mentality is still just as firm.

“Historically, we have been strong in the second half of the season. I think there is a good belief in what we’re doing and that the players know how close we are to getting it right. So that bodes well, but the most important fact that you will need is to look at this table and your position, and we need to correct that part.

Thursday’s game was Burnley’s first since December 12, after postponing games against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton due to opposition unavailability amid positive coronavirus cases.

Dyche said of the postponement process: “It’s not about whether I’m happy or not, it’s the powers that be making the decisions. The Premier League is the one in control, so it will be on their shoulders regardless of how they make decisions on why games are called off. Their drum is the beat we all dance to.

Dyche believes there could be fewer postponements if players were allowed to work solo on the training grounds while remaining isolated.

He said: “That’s what we put on the Zoom call with the Premier League… how it affects the footballers we know at our club, and I’ve heard from a number of different people in the game, was very, very minimal.

“So we provide the option, if it’s minimal, to bring in these players once they feel good – with the amount of surveillance we have now available, could it be that these players are coming in?

“Because if we keep canceling games, at least players with a lockout period could get into their own cars, their own clothes, they stay away from everyone but at a distance you can still monitor their load from. work, we could still feed from their GPS, from their heart monitors, from how their body is responding.

“Therefore, in theory, when that player is now required, after the seven day period and clear testing is over, then at least they would be ready to come back. As it stands, not be allowed to get in at all, so it’s hard. They have to find a way, usually on a Wattbike or something, to turn the page. It’s not the same as being on the grass and to run.

“Maybe the ripple effect could in theory be that fewer games are called off… maybe that would help more players to be available when they come back.

“But we’ll have to wait and see. These are just views a few of us shared on a Zoom call. The Premier League, the medical side, they have all the information – it’s up to them, and of course guided by the central government. “

Nick Pope, Jay Rodriguez, Josh Brownhill and Kevin Long missed Thursday’s competition following positive Covid-19 tests – Long has resumed training and Burnley is waiting to see if Pope and Rodriguez can, while Brownhill is still unable to do so. Maxwel Cornet could return to action in Sunday’s game after a thigh problem and a positive test.

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