The Clarets are currently looking down on Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sean Dyche said Burnley will enjoy their lofty position but will refocus quickly after another narrow victory over Stoke.
The 1-0 win at a wet and windy Turf Moor was the Clarets’ eighth victory by a single goal this season and saw them climb above Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool into fourth place in the Premier League table.
They are likely to drop out of the Champions League spots when those teams play on Wednesday but it is another sign of the tremendous progress the club has made under Dyche.
Burnley have not been higher in the top flight since the 1970s, and Dyche said: “The league doesn’t lie in one way. It’s unpredictable that we’re where we are just because of how good the other teams are, not because we’re not a good team.
“But we’ve earned the right to be where we are. We’ll enjoy that but the lads know the next game comes quickly so we’ve got to be ready.
“I’m proud of a lot of things, it’s not just the league position. We’ve worked hard to create a lot of new records from when I first got here to where we are now but they’re markers in time, they’re not markers about all the stuff you don’t see.
“We don’t want to take anything for granted because it owes you nothing this game.”
This was not one of Burnley’s better performances, with Stoke having much the better of what few chances there were.
But the home side got the crucial goal in the 89th minute when Ashley Barnes controlled Jack Cork’s long ball, got it back from Scott Arfield and fired past Jack Butland.
“The conditions were as bad as I’ve seen in a long time,” said Dyche. “It was an awkward one but I’m really, really pleased with that result. It’s probably one of the most pleasing of the season.
“Credit to them because they’ve come off a bad result, they’ve changed their shape, and we’ve had to defend really, really well.”