Sean Dyche is refusing to panic during Burnley’s winless start to the season and is drawing on previous slow starts when his team has recovered.
Dyche’s side failed to win any of their first five matches two years ago when they were in the Europa League and managed to recover comfortably.
Last season saw one victory in their first five matches, while this term has started with three straight defeats ahead of the clash against West Bromwich Albion.
“I’d like to think we have a group that’s coming back together,” Dyche said. “The mentality is definitely there. They know the challenge. We have a group who have become more experienced because of the years they have played in the Premier League.
“We know you came have tough spells in the Premier League. Ideally, you get points on the board early, it’s just a sort of safety net and everyone then feels right about themselves. But we’ve had tough starts before and come through them, so settle things down and have some good performances.”
Dyche will also be looking to overcome the formbook in the fixture against West Brom as his team have won once in their last six meetings.
“I’m always interested in those stats because you know it doesn’t guarantee the next one?” he said. “We have dispelled so many... when I got here it was like everyone we played was someone we seemed to have a bad record against. It was incredible - Ipswich, Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn, of course, everyone!
“We dispelled those myths many times so I’m certainly not going to worry about the past, I’m more worried about the future.
“I plan, we plan, we think, we add the detail, we look at ourselves. I look at myself first, the staff as well, then we look at what we’re doing. Then we add in the reality of the challenge and it is the Premier League, which is a very, very tough league.”
Burnley expected XI: Pope - Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor - Brownhill, Weswood, Stephens, McNeil - Wood, Rodriguez