SEAN Dyche is hoping Burnley will benefit from the way they tried to play in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last week when they make the trip to West Ham this weekend.

The Clarets were on the wrong end of a one-sided scoreline against Maurizio Sarri's side, but they had started the game brightly at Turf Moor.

With Steven Defour and Robbie Brady - two of the Clarets' key creative cogs - starting together for the first time in almost 11 months Dyche was keen to see his side play a patient, probing game, and they made the Blues work for possession in the early stages.

Although the goal they conceded midway through the first half stalled their early momentum, Dyche wanted to see his side continue to play against the unbeaten visitors.

While he admits parking the bus might try and help keep the score down, the Burnley boss believes trying to play, even against a side as skilled as Chelsea, can only be a positive in future games, hopefully starting at the London Stadium on Saturday.

"You could look at it and we are actually, as part of our development, saying can we actually come and beat some of these teams?," said Dyche.

"If you don’t, there is a price to pay. If you open up and try and play, be progressive, then you can pay the price.

"But we have to keep moving forward, the challenge isn’t about these (Chelsea), it’s about being in the Premier League and moving forward."

Despite the defeat against Chelsea, which followed the 5-0 reverse at Manchester City a week earlier, Dyche is hoping his side can learn from the way we tried to play.

"If we just stand still, and accept ‘oh well’, we could bank in, play one up front, no one runs past the ball, just try damage limitation and keep it down to one," he said.

"Okay, that might get you nothing, but you haven’t learned anything.

"On another week, we won’t play against these, against teams with the same athleticism, the same quality - still good sides, but not as good as these.

"Therefore, if you’re practicing this against the best, and then you play someone not quite as good, in theory, then you maybe make more chances, more goals.

"But if you’re not practicing it ever, it’s fair to say it’s difficult to get better."

However Dyche sets his side up, taking points off the likes of City and Chelsea is becoming an increasingly difficult task for sides like Burnley.

"I think the anomaly of Leicester winning the league - and obviously our hearts go out to them for what happened there - since then, the superpowers have got back to what they are," he added.

"Manchester United are the only ones really not in a position where you think they would be.

"Forever spending, forever improving - Chelsea brought on two World Cup winners at the end, that’s an interesting situation...

"They continually push and push, as we do, but at a different level of the market.

"It’s very, very difficult."