Sean Dyche won’t overreact to Burnley’s defeat at fellow strugglers Norwich

Sean Dyche struck a chord after seeing Burnley’s hopes of survival take a hit with a 2-0 loss to relegation rivals Norwich.

A vital midweek win over Everton had put the Clarets within a point of safety, but the gap to the Toffees, fourth from bottom, was back to four after the weekend’s Premier League action.

He leaves Burnley with eight games to ensure survival and extend their stay in the top flight to a seventh campaign.

And Dyche said: “We are still fighting. The league table hasn’t changed drastically, so now it’s about taking on the next eight games.

“That will be the focus. Nothing is done, nothing is agreed or finished.

“It’s time to regroup the mentality because the second half against Everton was very strong so it’s never far away and now is the time to carry that into the next series of games. It’s up to us to change what’s going on, not all the other teams.”

The lack of goals has been a problem throughout the season for the Clarets and this white made it the fifth game of six in which they have not found the net.

January recruit Wout Weghorst was withdrawn after 56 minutes and Dyche admitted the former Wolfsburg striker must be more selfish, having only scored once in 12 starts for his new club.

He added: “I think – and it’s positive, but it’s a strange thing to mention – that Wout is almost too attached to the team at the moment.

“We need him to focus on him and his game. He’s pretty much thinking about everything and ‘I need to do this for the team, this for the team’ and in an honest and authentic way because that’s the kind of character he is.

“But maybe it’s almost like, ‘Okay, stop, be still; we need to focus on your game and how you can work with the team.’ I think he’s still adjusting to that.”

Burnley are back on the road again on Sunday with a trip to West Ham, where captain Ben Mee could return after sustaining a small fibular fracture last month.

“We’ll just have to wait and see how he is, but he’s back on the pitch, which is good,” Dyche said.

“Hopefully he continues to be okay and we’ll get him back in shape.”

Norwich’s win wasn’t enough to lift them from bottom, but they are back within seven points of safety after goals from Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki.

Pukki scored his fourth goal in five home games after receiving an excellent through ball from Mathias Normann.

Canaries manager Dean Smith said: “It was a wonderful second goal.

“It was a super ball and I think only Teemu read the pass. Most of the Burnley players and some of ours were looking for the ball wide, so it was a great turn and pass. So what a great touch from Teemu.

“We have to try to feed Teemu more because that’s what he can do when he gets in there.”

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