SEAN Dyche believes his Burnley side will soon kickstart their season despite sitting second bottom of the Premier League table heading into the international break.

The Clarets were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Turf Moor on Sunday, their third straight league loss, and have just one point from four games.

But Dyche, whose side have also exited the Europa League following a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Greek side Olympiakos, can see the signs of improvement.

“We’ve not been far away,” he said of Burnley’s start to the campaign. “I thought we were excellent against Olympiakos, very good at Southampton, very good first half against Watford, not so much the second.

“(Against United) you’re just playing a different group of players, arguably one of the strongest groups in the Premier League.

“We all know the gaps in the Premier League, it’s a real big task. Now and again, on any given day, those goals don’t look as big.

“They had a tough result at Brighton where they didn’t play as well, but today they played well.

“When they play well, even if you play well, often teams like that come out on top.”

Dyche believes the international break has come at the right time for his troops, with the Clarets not back in action until a trip to Wolves a week on Sunday.

And the Turf boss also feels the balancing act of European and domestic football has taken its toll on the squad.

Dyche has used 24 players across the 10 games so far and admits competing on two fronts has been a ‘challenge.’

“I think we’re finding our feet a little bit,” he added. “They’ve had their challenges these players, it’s game 10 for us, with a squad, roughly, of about 17 at any given time.

“We were down to 16 on Thursday. That’s a lot of football for anyone, in this early part of the season.

“We knew there was a challenge to it, but we spoke to the players about the positive side of playing in the Europa League, in it for the first time myself, managing and learning, the players as well.

“But it’s still physically a task, there has been a lot of travelling, a lot of football.

“This two-week break gives us a chance to rest and work, find the balance, but certainly refresh ourselves for the challenge which is the Premier League.”