It's relentless - Burnley boss stressing over goal drought

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Burnley travel to Leicester on Saturday, looking to finally break their Premier League goal drought.

The Clarets have netted just once this season, taking the lead against Chelsea in their opening game of the campaign.

However, having been pegged back and eventually losing 3-1 to a rampant Blues side, the back of the net has since eluded Sean Dyche’s men, who have played over 10 hours of football since scoring a goal.

Despite failing to score, the Clarets have put in a number of strong displays, registering 0-0 draws with Manchester United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace - with a missed penalty at Palace all that prevented them finally winning their first three points of the season.

Yet all of the promise was dissolved on Sunday with a 4-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion, with the Clarets impressively outplayed by their West Midlands counterparts.

Sean Dyche’s men travel to Leicester on Saturday looking to recover from the defeat, with their fellow former Championship rivals also coming off the back of a convincing defeat - having lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

Dyche is hoping that his team can recover from the heavy defeat, and he is aware that the Leicester fixture will reveal how much the result has affected his squad.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph Dyche said: “We’ll soon see how important it was.

“The next game comes round pretty quickly, so it will be quite apparent how the result affects us.

“The biggest learning curve is you have to be on your performance levels every week.

“We’re a team learning about this division and growing, and you have to be at it every week.”

With goals hard to come by for the Clarets, and Leicester recently netting five in one game against Manchester United, and Leonardo Ulloa registering five in six games, Dyche has urged his team to take the initiative in front of goal, rather than waiting for someone else to break the ongoing drought.

“It’s not a concern, it’s a reality,” he added.

“We have to affect it, we work with the players in training, we work on the mentality of it as well.

“Players get that weird feeling of ‘When are we going to score?’ or ‘Who is going to score?’.

“But one of our mantras is be the man who makes a difference, and every player has to play with that.

“We’ve got to keep working. It’s relentless.”

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