SEAN Dyche’s nomination for Premier League manager of the month is a reward for the progress his team have made during November.

Dyche said the fact he was one of four bosses up for the accolade was a reward for the entire side after they picked up seven points from four games during the month.


Danny Ings is also nominated for player of the month after scoring three times during the Clarets’ four games.

The month started with defeat to Arsenal, but Burnley bounced back to record their first league wins of the season against Hull and Stoke, before adding a point against Aston Villa.

"It's more a marker for the team,” Dyche said of his nomination alongside Jose Mourinho, Alan Pardew and Manuel Pellegrini.

“The team is developing, learning, growing. We had to see beyond results and into the performances.

“The belief has stayed high, the feel good factor has stayed high. Then we turn out two wins and two draws. It certainly should have been three wins.”

Ings, who also netted twice for England Under 21s in November at Turf Moor, will be up against Man Utd’s David De Gea, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero of Man City, Daryl Janmaat of Newcastle and ex-Claret Charlie Austin, of Queens Park Rangers.

Dyche praised his star striker for the way he has bounced back from an early season injury and developed from the challenge of playing in the top flight for the first time.

"I felt it (the injury) might be a good one in the sense he could go under the radar,” said the Burnley boss.

“There was a lot of expectation at the beginning of the season. We've had Vokesy injured so there was more talk about Ingsy.

“He's come back, full of life, full of energy and played with a smile. That's what I want him to do. He's a young man developing, learning.

“He will do that naturally, some of it guided by us as coaches. Self-learning is a big thing and he's shown a good sign of that, adapting to the challenges of the Premier League.”

After their successful November the Clarets picked up a point at the start of December against Newcastle, but the four game unbeaten run came to an end at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

Dyche feels his players are now more sure of themselves in the Premier League and have settled in to the task of trying to secure a second season in the top flight.

“You can't guarantee you've got to grips with it but you can get a feel,” he said, “a sense that we're belonging slightly more than the early season when people were unsure and maybe some of our own players were unsure.

“They look slightly more assured now and certainly in the performances and we have to take the performances into more wins.

"Winning adds to believing and the mentality of any group at any level. That's a normal reaction.

“The biggest thing I've been pleased with is the adaptation of the team. We look like we're settling slightly more, we're performing with a more assured edge.

“We also know the demands and it's not an easy task to continue to get results, continue to win games.

“We have to keep looking at the angles, the little one per cents, the marginal gains that can help the players in order to get results.

“We're not just sitting back and saying we're performing well, happy days, we're always looking for things that we can add in whether it's tactical, technical, physical or mental.

“We're always looking and striving for more.”