Sean Dyche surprised by Burnley's start to Premier League season
Last Updated: 12/10/17 3:06pm
Sean Dyche has admitted he did not expect Burnley to be in the Premier League top six at this stage of the season.
Dyche has guided the Clarets to sixth after taking 12 points from seven games - one point behind Chelsea and Arsenal - and beat Everton at Goodison Park in their final game before the international break.
His side could go as high as third in the table if they beat West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday, and other results go in their favour.
Burnley survived in the Premier League last season, finishing six points clear of the final relegation place in 16th.
A mid-table finish would represent significant progress on that but Dyche's side have exceeded that so far and nobody is more surprised than the manager.
"I think it'd be unrealistic for me to say that I knew that [start to the season] would happen, because I didn't," he said. "I think it's a very tough division and everybody knows that.
"It's a very good start and it's a very solid start. A lot was made of our away form last season and hopefully that's gone. We've been good at home too.
"Points are points wherever they come from. It's helpful if they come at home purely because you want your own fans to see you win.
"The story is over a season. We've had to work hard for everything we've had in the past and we'll have to continue to work hard for everything in the future."
While Burnley have enjoyed a great start to the season, their weekend opponents West Ham have struggled, winning just two of their seven Premier League games so far.
"There's maybe an added element of expectation at clubs like West Ham that there isn't for ourselves," said Dyche when asked about the different starts the sides have made to the current campaign.
"Our focus is on delivering performances and we've done that well so far."