Burnley boss staying positive

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is still spotting encouraging signs in his squad despite seeing a six-match winless run virtually extinguish their hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs.

The Clarets drew a blank for the third successive time in a 1-0 defeat to struggling Huddersfield on Tuesday to extend a miserable sequence which has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table.

Dyche took the Turf Moor hotseat at the end of October and raised expectations with a run of three consecutive victories in January. However, despite the return of leading scorer Charlie Austin, Burnley have struggled to maintain that form, although their manager still retains faith in his current crop.

"It's a group of players we've never worked with before and we haven't changed anything yet so, by that thinking, there's still some really good signs," Dyche said.

The ex-Watford boss is refusing to rule his men out of the play-off reckoning, although he does acknowledge the magnitude of the task, and is hoping to snap the current rut at Charlton on Saturday.

"The biggest challenge to the players now is - you've taken the club a long way, getting up to seventh and people recognising the good work, good play - and now you've dragged it all away," he said.

"Now it's about all of us taking responsibility and looking at what we do individually and collectively because we're the only ones who can change it, simple as that."