Crunch time: is the Premier League game finally ready for Burnley? | Burnley

Sean Dyche is not the man to worry about the league standings in mid-December. In three of the past four seasons, Burnley hasn’t recorded more than two league wins until the last month of the year. It was in the Emirates on December 13 last year that they beat Arsenal to claim their second victory of the campaign, in a spell that netted 11 points in six matches. It’s a feat they may have to repeat to avoid returning to the championship.

Burnley spent four years watching at home in the Premier League, but last season they stalled, finishing 17th with 39 points, 11 – the amount accumulated in December – far from a terrible last three and scoring just 33 goals . It was their lowest points and goals total since returning to the top flight in 2016 and a sign that things needed to get better.

Within the squad, a mental barrier was broken this season when Brentford was beaten for Burnley’s first win on the 10th demand in late October, giving players a mantra that the campaign has started after that game. They are a resilient team, knowing their strengths and making sure they play with them, not letting each other down for the split second that can cost a team like Burnley to win or lose. by fine margins.

Dyche was angered by the first-half performance against West Ham on Sunday, but satisfied with the response to his criticisms at half-time, a sign that he can still get a positive reaction from his side. Morale remains high within the squad and they believe two consecutive positive results would transform their season. They hope it starts at home against relegation rivals Watford on Wednesday. A trip to Aston Villa ensues, before struggling Everton comes to Turf Moor, giving Burnley matches to target.

“We have reality for most seasons here,” Dyche says. “Not all seasons – we’ve had big arrivals – but most seasons are a challenge for us. We know the market we are in, we know how it works. It’s all well and good to know that, but you still have to go out and play… because football owes you nothing – that’s something I told the players about.

Sean Dyche is trying to get his message across in last Sunday’s 0-0 draw against West Ham. Photograph: Craig Brough / Reuters

Burnley’s continued presence in the Premier League hinges on a successful defense. They have conceded 21 times in 15 games, three behind Manchester United in the fifth, en route to a single win and eight draws that leave them in the relegation zone, two points behind Watford with one game down. Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor form the basis of a team to attack, but a lack of quality and ambition in the final third is costing Burnley. “We’re slowly but surely coming back to where I think we can be, certainly with clean sheets and being tighter in games and draws,” Dyche said. “We are well aware that we have to turn these draws into wins. “

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Burnley’s great Jimmy Robson has passed away at the age of 82. Robson, an inside striker, was part of Burnley’s squad that won the Premier League title in 1960 and FA Cup runner-up in 1962 after scoring in the final against Tottenham.

Robson has scored 100 goals in 242 appearances for Burnley before stints with Blackpool, Barnsley and Bury. Robson had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is the seventh member of Burnley’s winning team to die of the disease.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy Robson this morning,” said Burnley. “The Clarets legend won the Premier League with Burnley in 1960 and made 242 appearances. Everyone on Turf Moor’s hearts go out to Jimmy’s family and friends.” PA Media

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A goal ratio of less than one per game shows where the gaps lie and the reason for so many draws. Summer signing Maxwel Cornet is the leading scorer with five in 10 Premier League appearances, but he has succumbed to two injuries since arriving from Lyon and without him Burnley has looked blunt, with his usual talisman Chris Wood scoring three goals in 16 matches. Cornet made an individual improvement to the front line, but it didn’t have a collective impact as others struggle to find the target.

Maxwel Cornet scores Burnley's third goal in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
Maxwel Cornet scores Burnley’s third goal in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace. Photograph: Peter Powell / Reuters

Dyche, who asked him how he tried to improve the attack this season, said: “The staff – with Cornet coming in to add a different flavor, to add a different feel to the way we play. plan and he certainly did. We hope that will pave the way for others to score more goals. “Cornet’s influence could not go further in a team where Jay Rodriguez has scored nine league goals in 79 appearances since returning in 2019 and Matej Vydra seven goals in three and a half seasons at Turf Moor.

Cornet has been a breath of fresh air for Burnley, bringing the necessary confidence to a team that has lacked investment in recent years, and he shows how the club can profit from judicious moves in the market. January recruiting is underway but the money available is unknown and if they fail to meet key targets as clubs like Newcastle invest it could leave them further behind.

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Burnley’s side have written the history books of Premier League survival and will therefore be confident to finish above the red line, but December’s race could determine whether they will get a seventh straight season in the league. elite or if they have been left behind.

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