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Dyche: 'We know it is not a sprint, it is a marathon'

After Burnley's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Turf Moore last night, a shell-shocked Sean Dyche says is not panicking about his team's chances of survival. The manager says he knows easier opponents lie ahead for the newly-promoted side.

"Chelsea have quality in all areas," the Burnley manager said. "We kept going, which is important. The will and demand is there. "We have a strong mentality. Ian Holloway said last year we had the strongest jaw in the division.

"We know it is not a sprint, it is a marathon and it is going to be a tough marathon."

Dyche has brought in seven new players this summer, but he feels more additions are needed. He said: "We need to build a squad. It is not just a starting 11. We are carrying light numbers. We definitely need strength in depth."

Defeat for newly promoted Clarets in first match of season

Burnley Boss Sean Dyche Credit: Press Associaton

Burnley's season has begun with a defeat despite a spirited start.

Burnley fans started dreaming of a shock win when Scott Arfield fired past Thibaut Courtois in the 14th minute, but Chelsea quickly put a dampener on the Premier League newcomers' party.

Diego Costa marked his debut with a poacher's strike to equalise and Andre Schurrle then finished off a sublime 25-pass move to put Jose Mourinho's men ahead.

Costa thought he should have had a penalty when he raced through on goal, but he was booked for diving despite having his heels clipped by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Mourinho was unhappy with the decision, but in the end it counted for little as Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1 and Chelsea strolled on to victory.

The Blues will come up against tougher teams this season, but the way in which they took Burnley's defence in the first half will have given their title rivals food for thought.

Cesc Fabregas, overlooked by Arsenal and Manchester United this summer, slotted perfectly into the Chelsea midfield while Eden Hazard and Schurrle cut through the home defence with ease.

Courtois would be disappointed with his failure to stop Arfield's goal, but otherwise he put in an assured debut performance which suggested he is up to the task of replacing Petr Cech, who was named on the bench.

And in Costa, Chelsea look to have the "killer" striker Mourinho lacked last year.


Lukas Jutkiewicz becomes Burnley's sixth summer signing

Burnley-bound Lukas Jutkiewicz Credit: PA Pictures

Barclays Premier League newcomers Burnley have signed striker Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesbrough.

The 25-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from the Championship side and has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said on "We're looking forward to getting him into the group and making him feel welcome here.

"I still think there is development in Lukas. He's 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly."

Jutkiewicz impressed during a loan spell at Bolton at the end of last season, scoring seven goals in 20 games, and the Trotters were also reported to be after his signature.

Jutkiewicz began his career with Southampton before moving on to Swindon, where he caught the eye of Everton.

Jutkiewicz impressed at Bolton Credit: PA Pictures

A £1million move to Merseyside followed but he made just a single appearance for the Toffees and eventually left in 2010 to join Coventry before moving on again to Middlesbrough.

Jutkiewicz is Dyche's sixth summer signing ahead of Burnley's return to the Premier League, with Matt Gilks, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Marvin Sordell also joining the Clarets.

Clarets sign defender Steven Reid

Steven Reid proudly showing the Claret's colours. Credit: Burnley FC.

Burnley Football Club has confirmed the signing of former West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid.

The 33-year-old, a free agent, becomes the Clarets fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor, after agreeing a one-year deal at Turf Moor.

Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, the former Republic of Ireland international began his career at Millwall and made his debut in the 1997-98 season at the age of 17.

Burnley sign former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks

Former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks signs for Burnley Credit: Burnley FC

Burnley have signed the former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

The Scotland international, who was a free agent, becomes the Clarets' second signing of the summer after agreeing a two year deal at Turf Moor.

The 32 year old will link up with his new team mates on the players return to pre-season training later this week.


Burnley board congratulate team on promotion

Burnley celebrating their promotion Credit: PA

Burnley FC Co-chairman, John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick have issued the following joint-statement following the club’s promotion to the Premier League:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to express our thanks and congratulations to everyone at the club for a remarkable and historic season.

“Special thanks are, of course, due to the team and Sean Dyche, who have performed beyond expectations to take us back into the Premiership.

“For those of us on the board, this season has been as much of a rollercoaster as it has been for the fans and the town, albeit one with more highs than lows.

“But knowing that we will spend next season playing among England’s biggest footballing names is the best end to the season we could have hoped for.

“Promotion is also testament to the core values that we share at Turf Moor.

“We are a club built on passion, belief and the understanding that without our fans and the community, we are nothing.

“Monday’s performance showed us that when we work together, we don’t have to dream; we can turn those dreams into reality.”

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