We will start picking up the points, says Burnley boss

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

SEAN Dyche has called for the Clarets to turn performances into points over Christmas.

Burnley go into this afternoon’s game at Birmingham City on the back of a four-game winless run, including three 1-1 draws.

Dyche feels his side have been unlucky not to come away with maximum points from at least the last two home games, against Blackburn Rovers and his former club, Watford.

But he feels it is only a matter of time before those stalemates are transformed into successes, ideally today.

“The performances have been there to see, particularly the last two home games,” said the Clarets boss.

“The away game in between (at Nottingham Forest) we didn’t do quite as well so we will have to address that for sure, but we go to Birmingham on the front foot.

“I think the mood’s confident. We are looking to deliver a good performance, and on the back of a good performance of course we’re looking for the win.

“It’s only one turnaround for us in five, but a few too many draws.

“It’s a hard one to fathom with the amount of chances we’ve created, particularly in the last two home games.

“It is what it is.

“That clinical edge at the top of the pitch is something we are going to need because we are creating chances, but we are great believers that it will come.

“We aren’t far away.”

But Dyche knows that, despite Birmingham struggling in 19th, the Clarets will still have to be on their mettle in the Midlands.

“They’ve got a real depth of experience in their squad. On paper they’re a force to be reckoned with for sure,” he said.

“They’re another club who possibly will be deemed by others to be doing not as well, but that doesn’t mean we deem them like that.

“We’ll make sure we’re prepared and ready to go and take the game to them and get a result. They are a very big club working to do better.

“It’s well documented they haven’t done as well as they would like to I’m sure, but we take every club seriously – especially when you go to big clubs like Birmingham, but we will be ready.”

Dyche has both Michael Duff and Chris McCann available again after both served one-match bans last week, but Ben Mee remains sidelined by the knee ligament damage he sustained in the derby draw with Rovers almost three weeks ago.

“It’s going to be a longer term thing for Ben – not radically longer – but he is up and moving and jogging and easing his way back in.

“The physios will get him back nicely.”

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