Positives to take from Burnley's poor start to the season
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What positives are there to take from two points out of a possible 21?

Well, not many, but Burnley fans don’t need to go into panic mode just yet.

If you search for them, the good points are there, hiding amongst the bad. 

It is early in the season and, despite the worryingly bad results, all hope is not lost at Turf Moor.

Injured stars returning

Ben Mee returning from injury before the international break was a great sight to see for all Burnley fans.

Mee is a leader and his presence at the back and in the locker room will have been welcomed with open arms before the 0-0 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Kevin Long has been doing okay in his place, but having the captain back gives The Clarets a more resolute defence, so they will be harder to break down once the Premier League resumes.

Jack Cork is on his way back to full fitness and an international break at home for Johann Berg Gudmundsson should give the midfielder more time to rehab his troublesome calf which has kept him of the previous games.

Ashley Barnes is also back to full fitness, so he will be hoping to regain a permanent spot in the starting lineup by getting back amongst the goals.

Past experience is key

Having become a piece of the Premier League furniture with four consecutive seasons under their belts, the start to the fifth season could signal a challenge to that run.

However, across the four previous seasons, the club has experienced a whole host of issues.

Out-performing all expectations in the 2016/17 season to qualifying for the Europa League the following campaign, Burnley have found themselves in situations no one expects them to be in once again.

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A top half finish last time around after barely escaping relegation in the campaign previous would have caused Burnley fans to dream of progressing further up the league table.

It hasn’t turned out that way just yet, but as manager Sean Dyche said, “I still believe in the players and that hasn't changed just because we haven't won a game.

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The team is weaker after failing to adequately replace Jeff Hendrick in the summer, of course, but the main core of the squad from the previous successful seasons remains.

That experience from previous campaigns will leave the Clarets in good stead following this international period.

Performances have been improving

Barring the Chelsea defeat where Frank Lampard’s Blues were simply too strong, the performances have been improving.

The draw with West Bromwich Albion was a “winning draw” according to Dyche and the point with Brighton saw a good showing even if the game was a bit dull.

The defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was unfortunate, with the visitors scoring late on at Turf Moor to grab all three points despite a very even encounter.

Even in the 0-3 mauling at the hands of Chelsea, there was a spell before the second goal where Burnley came out and showed a bit of fight after a change of system.

The performances are there, so it should only be a matter of time until the results follow.

What needs to change to get that elusive first win?

The team has conceded too many goals and not created anywhere near enough chances, only shooting at goal 64 times, which is tied for the worst with Newcastle United.

For comparison, that is less than the combined total of Harry Kane (38) and Mohamed Salah (34) who have a shared sum of 72 shots, as recorded on premierleague.com.

Jimmy Dunne has scored a third of the East Lancashire side’s goals with his effort in the first game of the season.

Chris Wood hasn’t found the net since the defeat to Leicester City either, and the loss the following week to Newcastle was the last time anyone found the net for the club.

More chances and a solid backline is the key to getting that first win. Dwight McNeil needs to start showing why he earned a new contract by creating some scoring opportunities for the likes of Wood, Barnes, and Jay Rodriguez.

Nick Pope, meanwhile, needs to start keeping clean sheets again.

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The whole team needs to improve and then the results will come.

They are not far off as recent performances have shown, and the wins will soon follow if they return to their old Burnley ways of taking their chances and defending resolutely.

It is only a matter of time.

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