Date: 9th September 2016 at 4:47pm
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More from manager Sean Dyche ahead of the weekend’s game against Hull City, and George Boyd was also in front of the media.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Dyche was also speaking about how there wasn’t any extra pressure on our new signings given the sums we had spent on the likes of Steven Defour and record signing Jeff Hendrick.

‘We don`t put any onus on the players, other than to play well. That`s certainly nothing to do with the fees we`ve paid. Our spending is not a statement of intent either; it`s just a reality of the market. The numbers are not relevant any more. They should be, but the market has no rules anymore. True value and worth are out of the window now. It`s just that you pay the price, or you don`t and that has made it considerably more difficult. It`s not just me saying it either; some of the superpower clubs are saying it and they have multi-millions to throw around. But the lads who have come in will enhance the group and they are different types of players.’

With the two most recent signings being Patrick Bamford from Chelsea on loan, and Hendrick from Derby County, Dyche continued to explain.

‘With regards to the two new lads, we feel that Patrick is a different type of centre forward than we have already in the building – and that applies to Jeff too. It`s always the prime objective to enhance the group and take it forwards and we feel those players can.’

With seven first teamers out on international duty, Dyche knows that whilst that provides difficulty in the build up to a game, it’s also a credit to how the club continues to grow.

Everybody has also returned fit and well.

‘There were seven away this time, which is fantastic. It`s great that a club like ours has seven recognised international players, but the balance is we lose them for 10 days, so we can`t do tactical work with the team. Nonetheless it`s good for them to be playing international football and we`ve had a good mixture of rest and recuperation for the rest.’

The Hull game also sees a return to Turf Moor for Mike Phelan who made 214 appearances between 1980-85, and with Hull’s start to the year, Dyche also knows it’s going to be an incredibly tough game for us.

‘A lot was made of the injuries they had at the start of the season, but if you look through they still have a strong squad. A lot of very experienced players are still there from the last time in the Premier League, so we certainly think they are a good side. Although they have had their well-documented ups and downs off the pitch recently, Mike has done well to stay out of that and in my experienced of knowing him a little, I think he won`t be over-thinking all that has gone on there.’


‘He`s been around football long enough to know there are indifferent times at clubs and he has just got on with the job of working with the players, rather than reading too much into things. Fair play to him for that, of course – and his players, because they have gone well so far, so it`s another challenge for us to be sure.’

As for Boyd, in his own interview he was simply targeting three points from the game.

‘The beauty of the Championship is you usually have a game on the Tuesday to get a defeat out of your system, but we know we weren`t at our best against Chelsea. It was a reality check of the level we`re at. But on the other hand they were very, very good so you can`t get too downbeat about it. We feel we`ve had a good start and hopefully we can continue that into the Hull game. Games against the likes of Chelsea are not going to define our season. Saturday is the type of games that probably will and we need to be picking points up if we have ambitions of staying in the league. It`s only three points, just as any other game, but it`s one from the mini-league, so to speak.’

He went on to say that the aim of the group this year wasn’t simply to survive, they all wanted to push for a good midtable finish if we could.

‘Inside the camp we are not looking at just surviving. We are looking to push up the league and have that mentality within the four walls that we are not ‘little old Burnley` and we deserve to be further up the league. We`ve had a great 10 days training and everyone came back well from international duty, so it`s been a good time to get back to the training ground and look to improve. We can definitely look at the positives from the start we`ve had and if we can get the result we want, I think six points from the first four games would be decent.’

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