SEAN Dyche insists increased expectations around his Burnley side are not something he is concerned with.

The Clarets have made a fine start to the Premier League season and they head into Saturday's Roses clash with Huddersfield in seventh place in the table.

The start is even more impressive given Dyche's men remain unbeaten from away games at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool this term, but the Turf Moor chief believes there remains a reality around his team and nobody is getting carried away just yet, including the fans.

“It's not something I have a problem with, there's a reality, an earthiness," he said of dealing with the expectations.

"I think it's aligned with the reality and we've worked hard with that. We don't think we’re something we're not, there's an authenticity and the fans buy into that. They're not thinking ‘why are we not having 500 passes?’."

Burnley lost key players this summer with George Boyd leaving on a free transfer before Michael Keane joined Everton and Andre Gray went to Watford.

But Dyche strengthened his ranks as well and despite the loss of those three players, who were all regulars last term, he believes Burnley are a better team than they were last season.

However he insists this season will still be 'very tough' as the Clarets look to establish themselves as a regular presence in the Premier League.

“People know where we're at, and we know," Dyche said. "We’re moving forward, we think we're a slightly better version than last year, but there's certainly no guarantees.

"I dont think we’re so radically different we’re going to go ‘no problem, Premier League for ever’, I don't think that will be the journey of Burnley, there has to be a more authentic and honest feel about it, and at the moment, every season is very tough for us.

“But we’ll keep nudging it forward."