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Ahead of Sunday's televised game against Burnley at Turf Moor, we spoke with Jamie, the editor of Clarets' blog No Nay Never. He gives us his views on Burnley's season so far, in-demand striker Danny Ings, the match itself
and more. You can also follow No Nay Never on Twitter @nonaynevernet.

Thoughts on Burnley's campaign so far? Have you fared better or worse than you were expecting prior to the season starting?

Its been about what I was expecting so far and weve been competitive in most games, with our heavy defeat at WBA earlier in the season an aberration. The last couple of games have been a disappointment but wed have taken being out of the bottom three at the start of February if we had been offered it at the start of the season.

How confident are you of Premier League survival?

Our performances against Palace and Sunderland have been poor and well have to play better to stay up, but the three teams below us and Villa are all so poor there is every chance we can finish above them. Ill be more confident if we can get a win on Sunday - lose and Ill be worried.

Anything Clarets' boss Sean Dyche needs to do better?

Its difficult because his options are so few, but he does need to use his squad more and while picking the same team for nine games running is admirable, some of the players need a rest and the team needs freshening up. His use of subs is also frequently baffling and frustrating. However, weve got to remember hes still relatively inexperienced and is learning all the time.

Thoughts on the club's surprising lack of transfer activity during the recent window?

Im still angry. The weaknesses in the squad are clear for everyone to see and its farcical were going into the rest of the season with only two specialist central midfielders - if one of them gets injured then it could be curtains. Other clubs have been blamed for pulling out of deals at the last minute but we had all month to get transfers completed, I dont know why we left it to the last minute. It was naive in the extreme to try to buy Graham Dorrans after WBA proved in the summer over Craig Dawson that negotiating with them is a total nightmare and to offer less for Henri Lansbury than Forest turned down in the summer makes very little sense to me at all.

Burnley striker Danny Ings has been the centre of lots of transfer speculation recently with the player being linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Sociedad. Just how good is he and can you see him remaining at Turf Moor past the summer?

Hes very, very good. The thing about Ings is hes much more than a goalscorer. Hes quick, can beat a man, is good with both feet, his touch and close control are usually excellent - hes just a very good all-round footballer and he can score plenty of goals of all types too. The chances of us keeping him are very slim but if he can help keep us up I dont mind if he moves on. Its similar to the situation you have with Saido Berahino in a way - hes quite obviously destined for bigger things but needs to keep his focus on his current club for now.

Highlight of the season so far?

The comeback at the Etihad was special, but Scott Arfields volley to put us in front against Chelsea in the first game of the season will live long in the memory, even if they did blow us away after that.

Low point of the season so far?

Not even a debate here - our performance at the Hawthorns was our worst of the season by miles and even having a few players missing was no excuse.

Player of the season so far?

Jason Shackell has been a rock at the back and while weve been conceding too many goals in recent weeks, his partnership with Michael Keane looks full of promise.

Anyone been particularly disappointing?

The two summer striker signings - Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell - have done very little between them, but then any idiot could tell theyre not Premier League strikers.

Thoughts on the first game between the clubs back in September?

I really dont want to think about it. We didnt turn up and were lucky it was only four in the end.

What tactics and line-up can we expect to see from the Clarets on Sunday?

We usually play a 4-4-2 with Ings dropping off Ashley Barnes, but there could be changes after we were fairly rubbish at Sunderland last weekend. We get the ball forward quickly and try to get off to a fast start.

Prediction for Sunday's game?

I can see Tony Pulis setting you up for a 0-0 and it will be hard to break you down if you do that.


 

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