Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hinted at making changes for the home game against West Ham following his side’s one-sided defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Blades blew Burnley away during a first-half at Bramall Lane that Dyche described as “unacceptable” from his team.
Behind 3-0 at half-time, Dyche hauled off Erik Pieters at the break and introduced Charlie Taylor at left-back but said he could have substituted any number of players.
The Burnley boss will now weigh up whether to freshen up his starting line up when the Hammers visit Turf Moor next weekend.
“I could have changed anyone. Every shirt is now up for grabs after a first half like that,” said Dyche.
“Performances like that effect real change and it has given me food for thought for the next game.
“The third goal summed it up. A poor ball out, poor ball off, poor decision, and they go through the back and roll it in.
“It needs to be parked, but it won’t be parked easily because there were a number of things. I mentioned to the players before the game how tight it was for decisions as to who plays. Well that throws it all back into the mix.”
Dyche also brought on Robbie Brady and Matej Vydra during the second half.
“Robbie showed moments of sharpness when he came on – as did Charlie,” said the Burnley boss.
“It does open it up a bit and if players are ever going to get that feeling of being ready then this week is going to be an important week for those players to show they are ready.”
John Lundstram was on the scoresheet with two of Sheffield United’s goals on Saturday. Blades boss Chris Wilder praised the midfielder and challenged him to maintain the high standards he is setting.
“He’s a player who has definitely raised his game, like we all had to over the summer,” said Wilder.
“We knew we were going into a completely different division to what we’ve been playing in. Full respect to the Championship for what it is, but when you are playing at this level then everyone has to raise their game in every department – both on and off the pitch.
“Certainly John Lundstram is a player who has raised his game and looked comfortable and at home in the Premier League.
“We’ve all got to keep those standards up and the consistency and the boys are really enjoying the experience and playing well, individually and most importantly as a team.”
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