Furious Dyche ready to shuffle Clarets pack

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche ready to make changes.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hinted at making changes for the home game against West Ham following a poor performance against Sheffield United.

The one-sided nature of the 3-0 defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday alarmed the Clarets boss, who is now considering shaking up his side in the hope it will spark them into life.

Burnley sit 14th in the Premier League, but are just four points above the relegation places, and the clash against the Hammers has all of a sudden become even bigger.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men sit just one point and one place above Burnley, and are currently on a shocking run of form, having not won in six.

Three points on home soil is a must for Burnley, but they will have to improve on the performance they put in at the weekend.

The Blades blew Burnley away during a first-half at Bramall Lane that Dyche described as “unacceptable” from his team.

Behind 3-0 at half-time, Dyche hauled off Erik Pieters at the break and introduced Charlie Taylor at left-back but said he could have substituted any number of players.

The Burnley boss will now weigh up whether to freshen up his starting line-up when the Hammers visit Turf Moor this weekend.

“I could have changed anyone. Every shirt is now up for grabs after a first half like that,” said Dyche. “Performances like that effect real change and it has given me food for thought for the next game.

“I mentioned to the players before the game how tight it was for decisions as to who plays. Well that throws it all back into the mix.”

Dyche also brought on Robbie Brady and Matej Vydra during the second half. “Robbie showed moments of sharpness when he came on – as did Charlie,” he added.

“It does open it up a bit and if players are ever going to get that feeling of being ready then this week is going to be an important week for those players to show they are ready.”

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