BURNLEY will seek to set a new record points tally for the Premier League era today by getting a positive result at the London Stadium.

Victory over Everton last weekend took the Clarets to 40 points, matching the total they achieved last season in finishing in 16th place.

But with nine games to go of this season - starting at West Ham today - Sean Dyche's side are well placed to significantly improve on that tally.

Dyche has always set great store in seeing year-on-year improvement in his side and that is a box that looks likely to be ticked sooner rather than later this term.

While the Clarets chief is refusing to set a points target for the campaign, he is urging his side to push themselves as far as they can between now and the season finale on May 13.

"We want to get as many points on the board as we can. We want to go beyond last season, we’ve put ourselves in a great position to do that," Dyche said.

The win over Everton ended a run of 11 Premier League games without success, but Burnley had picked up crucial points during that run, including against Manchester United and Manchester City.

But the win over the Toffees, coupled with a poor run of form from Arsenal, has led to theories that the Clarets could yet catch the Gunners in sixth.

The gap between Burnley and Arsene Wenger's side is down to five points, but Dyche isn't being drawn on whether a top six finish is achievable for his team.

"We just want to better ourselves from last season. We have had year-on-year progression and that’s an important factor I think," he said.

"It’s not easy to do either, so a lot of credit goes to my staff and the players. We all have to deliver on any given period and the players in particular. So to continue that growth as individuals and a team is the main marker

"It’s nice to finish as high as you can in a league table. We’re already up to the points tally from last year, we want to go beyond that and set a new marker."

Having hit 40 points for the season Dyche wants to see his side play with confidence over the final weeks of the campaign.

"Now’s almost that time to hopefully have that little edge of ‘shoulders back, let’s take it on’ and that little bit of nervousness that comes on a tough run dissipates quickly," the Turf chief said.

"Then you’re free to go on and hopefully play well, get the shoulders back slightly and have that little bit more of a touch of mild arrogance just to take on each challenge as it comes.

"I hope, and I want the players to have the chance now to play with more freedom."