Burnley's physical output continues to impress despite the most testing of seasons

In among all the facts and figures of Burnley's 4-0 romp at Wolves on Sunday was a startling statistic.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 11:19 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 11:20 am

The Clarets, as a team, ran 6km more than Nuno Espirito Santo's side at Molineux - the biggest gap in that respect between teams in a Premier League game all season.

It all ties in with Sean Dyche's belief that his side's physical output often gets stronger through a season, even in this more testing of campaigns, with a stretched squad, on the back of next to no summer break.

However, Dyche feels his players are much more than just a team that works hard, as the quality they also displayed against Wolves underlined.

Dyche said: "The stats of our season will show we're certainly not lacking in a work ethic, even in the second part of seasons.

"It doesn't guarantee you results, but I believe it gives you a much stronger hand if your players are willing to put in the shift our players do.

"I've never not had pride in the work they do here, they always put in a real physical effort, but there is more than that.

"Sometimes we get labelled, and I'll take it, a hard-working side - I don't mind that at all.

"But I think there was a good mixture, not just hard work, some of the quality, the effective play, was very pleasing."

One player who has bought into the ethos at Turf Moor is Josh Brownhill, who has put in a shift in three different positions in the last three games.

Against Newcastle, he played in the centre of midfield, before playing off Chris Wood as a number 10 at Manchester United.

And at Wolves, Brownhill shifted to the right of midfield.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson made way for the former Bristol City captain, and Dyche said: "He has earned the right to find his way into the side, and that was pleasing.

"I thought he did well at Manchester United and takes on the responsibility and delivers.

"Johann keeps getting these niggles and had another one after the Man United game with a minor tear in his oblique so he was not quite fit.

"We keep putting these players at risk, we are not trying to of course, but we have had to. We have players coming back fit as well so I thought we didn't need to stretch it.

"Barnesy was involved (at Wolves) but probably needs another week's training if truth be known.

"It was a bit of protection and the fact that Browny is having a very strong season and we can know he can deliver in different roles, and he did again."