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Burnley boss won't waste cash
SEAN Dyche is not anticipating having money to spend in the remainder of the transfer market, despite boosting hopes of a play-off push with a third straight league win.
Burnley climbed to within a place and four points of the top six after beating Millwall 2-0 at the Den on Saturday.
Boss Dyche now has just nine days left to add to his ranks and help sustain that charge, before the loan window re-opens a week later, but is not expecting much movement.
“We’re still obviously actively looking, but it will be right place at the right time for us, because we haven’t got the money to just throw around and sign whoever we like,” said Dyche, who has been linked with Reading forward Simon Church.
The Clarets are just a point behind where they were at the same stage of their promotion season of 2008/09 after an encouraging start to 2013.
Four seasons ago, Rhys Williams was brought in on loan from Middlesbrough at the end of the January transfer window.
However, the Burnley manager believes the need to make signings has been negated by the level of competition which has made for a strong squad.
Despite missing top scorer Charlie Austin for the best part of five games, after he limped out of the Leicester game in only the eighth minute, Burnley have still managed to win their last three league games – scoring five without conceding.
“It’s good at the moment, the feelgood factor is certainly there, and the players are playing some really good stuff,” said Dyche, who has also been forced into defensive changes with Ben Mee sidelined with knee ligament damage for seven weeks and Michael Duff missing Saturday’s game with a hamstring problem.
“The key thing from my point of view is that we’ve had some misfortune lately with suspensions and injuries, and we’re trying to get to a point where everyone knows their role.
“We shuffled the pack again – Duffo got hurt last thing before we finished training on Friday, and David Edgar slottted in, and it didn't look like there was any difference.
“That’s a really key thing for us with our squad, they know the role and responsibility but still have the freedom to play.
“We’ve won four out of five in the league, at the moment, so in terms of bringing players in, who do you change?
“It’s not as simple as bringing somebody in, especially when we’ve got slightly limited resources – it can only be a certain level of player. But I think you’ve seen signs of a team willing to take on the challenge.
“It doesn’t mean it gets there, but they’re a willing group to take on the challenge of winning as many games as possible, and who knows where that can take you?
“The challenge is to break into that top six.”
And Dyche admits the signs are encouraging, and was particularly impressed with the manner in which they derailed Millwall’s play-off push to enhance their own chances on Saturday.
“Every manager and every coach is searching for that solid framework to work from, and that organisation that the players know, but then to allow the players the chance to play and allow them the freedom,” he said.
“We’ve spoken to them about that and they have got that freedom to play, and it’s just an idea of in transition when the ball’s not yours return to shape and you do the basics well.
“That bodes well for any kind of performance and to get points on the board.”