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Burnley take positives from defeat

Goalscorer Scott Arfield is convinced Burnley's performance in their season-opening loss to Chelsea bodes well for the campaign.

To play against a top-quality team like that we knew it would be a tough game.

It was there to see what top players they are and what a top team they are.

We got an early goal but even after that we were under no illusions as to how tough it was going to be.

There are definitely positives to take out of it. For us it is still a case of taking one game at a time and there is no disappointment, regardless of this result.

– Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield


Dyche keen to calm Burnley expectations

Sean Dyche is offering no promises to Burnley fans hoping their return to the top flight can be as spectacular as the first time Turf Moor hosted a Barclays Premier League game.

What we are looking to guarantee is that we're ready, we're able, we're certainly mentally and physically motivated to go and deliver performances. Where that takes us we'll only know once the season gets off and running.

There's always confidence because you believe in how you work, your staff's work and your players' work. That's what coaching and management is about.

But you can only get to that point when you're ready. When that whistle blows, it really is down to players and how they perform. That's the magic moment.

We're obviously looking to show we can at least be competitive, give good performances and see where that takes us.

– Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Dyche looking for balance

Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes he has the right balance in his squad to succeed in the Barclays Premier League.

We want to find a balanced group in Burnley's world, both financially and what we think is right for the group and how we operate. I think we've done that so far and we are looking to add further.

Obviously the two main lads with experience we've brought in are Steven Reid and Matty Taylor.

They're still active, they've made it clear they are by getting games under their belt in recent seasons, but they also have that real depth of Premier League knowledge about going around the country and playing at all the Premier League stadiums and I think that's important because it gives that balance to the group.

– Burnley manager Sean Dyche
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