Dyche satisfied with start to new season

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Sean Dyche admits Burnley could have had more points going into the international break but he is happy so far.

The Clarets have picked up four points from four games so far, though that total probably looks more impressive given the context.

They began the season with a 3-0 victory against Southampton at Turf Moor before going down 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates.

They then went to Wolves where it looked like they were going to hold on for an impressive 1-0 win before Raul Jimenez scored a last-minute penalty to win the game.

Burnley’s last outing was at home to Liverpool, where they were beaten comfortably 3-0.

Despite sitting 12th and being one of a clutch of teams on four points, Dyche says he is satisfied with improvements being made from last season.

“We’re pleased with the first part of the season. There’s a different look and feel to us,” said the Clarets boss.

“Compared to last season we have improved and I think we are probably a little bit aggrieved that we haven’t got more points on the table.

“There was a contentious penalty at Wolves, when we probably deserved all three points, and arguably on another day we could have got something at Arsenal.

“There are some good signs and, overall, we are happy.”

After a heroic seventh-place finish in the 2017-18 season, Burnley went back down to earth last year and only finished 15th following a failed Europa League charge.

Dyche has worked hard to improve his squad over the summer and has made a few recruits to help them reach their aims.

He brought in Erik Pieters from Stoke as cover for Charlie Taylor at left-back though the Dutchman has started all four Premier League games owing to injury troubles for Taylor.

He also brought back academy product Jay Rodriguez to the club after a seven-year absence. He initially left to join Southampton in 2012 and made his England bow in 2013 before a spate of injuries troubled him.

The Claret also brought Danny Drinkwater in on loan from Chelsea with the former Leicester man having not played a single minute of Premier League football under Maurizio Sarri last season.

The Leicester Premier League winner has not yet made his debut in the league with his new club, though did play against Sunderland in their Carabao Cup loss.

Burnley next play on September 14 after the international break when they travel to Graham Potter’s Brighton.