SEAN Dyche rued Burnley missing the chance of a run into the latter stages of the FA Cup but conceded the Premier League will always take centre stage for his side.

The Clarets were knocked out in round four on Saturday after a 2-1 home defeat by Norwich.

It was a flat display at Turf Moor on the back of memorable wins over Leicester and Manchester United in the league.

Dyche made five alterations from a first Old Trafford triumph since 1962 and the tie was played out in front of just 8,000 fans.

Following the defeat, attentions quickly turned to Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal and the Clarets boss maintains that is simply the reality of where every club’s priorities lie.

“It's disappointing because at the end of the day, the only thing we haven't had here is a really strong cup run, and I thought, going into the game, there was such a good feeling among the players, and the energy of the players, I was pleased with that and thought let's try and get through this one and see where it takes us,” he said.

"But, in the grand scheme of things, it's just logic, the Premier League is so powerful, and our part in it is so important, that is still the focus, whether we won or not.

"It's not emotion, it's just facts.

“I've had great times in the cup, certainly as a player but the Premier League is massive for us, for a club like this.”

Dyche also admitted that the ground being a third full made for a strange atmosphere, something that takes some adapting to given the kind of Premier League occasions the Clarets have got used to in recent seasons.

"I just think it's different, they're professional players, you'd have to ask them,” he said.

“It's just different, over the last few years we're used to full houses here, so it adds a different feel, the tempo of the game, the feel can change.

"But it's nothing to do with us not winning a game, our focus is on winning, and that's how we went into the game.

"There was no lack of that, endeavour, physicality, it was just finding real good moments in the top third - we didn't, and we had lots of opportunities to do, particularly second half.”

Joe Hart, Kevin Long, Erik Pieters, Aaron Lennon and Robbie Brady were the players drafted in and will feel they missed a chance to impress, Hart admittedly unlucky to concede twice after some important stops in the first half.

"We know what they are about. It is keeping them sharp and fit but that wasn't the aim of the day, the aim was to win,” said Dyche.

"Robbie is getting fitter and sharper and Aaron has played football this season and is very experienced and showed good moments at times.

"It is more about them reminding us that they are ready and that is what I was looking for as much as anything."