“The season is never over until it literally is over, I have always believed that" - Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Clarets boss Sean Dyche won’t be letting his foot off the pedal, despite Burnley virtually confirming a sixth-successive season in the Premier League.
Sunday’s superb 4-0 win at Wolves left the Clarets nine points clear of trouble, with 15 to play for.
Fulham couldn't reduce the gap on Saturday, ahead of Burnley’s next game at home to West Ham on Monday night, as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by derby rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Cottagers, with four games to play. will be at least nine points adrift of the Clarets come Burnley’s visit to Craven Cottage a week on Monday, but for Dyche, as ever, the only thing that matters is taking things one game at a time.
Dyche said: “I have always believed that the next one is the most important one.
“What we have done is earned a right to get away from a position early season, when we were right down there.
“And we have continued to earn our performance levels, and get important points and victories on the board.
“The season is never over until it literally is over, I have always believed that.
“Equally we have to keep our eye on the next one because the last one doesn’t owe you the next one, and I tell the players that all the time.
“A very strong performance doesn’t owe us the next one. We will make sure we enjoy it, but will find a balance in the week to make sure that the players are still at it, mentally focused and will make sure we take on the next game.”
Dyche will look for a similar performance against the Hammers to the one which comprehensively beat Wolves: “Individuals played very well, but also the effective nature of how we try and go about our football.
“We want to play up to the front, in behind and get the ball forward quickly and go and ask questions of the opposition, which I think we have been over a number of games recently.
“The balance has to be that you shut down the other side of the game and other teams’ work in transition.
“We had just come away from some details defensively but not by a long shot, and we got it right at both ends of the pitch.”