English Premiership

Burnley boss tells Ings to smile

2015-04-17 14:59
Danny Ings (burnleyfootballclub.com)

Cape Town - Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes Danny Ings needs to start smiling again to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The Clarets have not scored in their last three games while Ings's own mini-drought stretches back to a 3-1 loss away to Manchester United in February.

"When that whistle blows it's down to them to remind themselves of that freedom I speak about. I want players to play that way," said Dyche.

"Danny's biggest thing is he puts a lot of demand on himself -- and that can be a weakness as well as a strength. It's good that he has thirst to improve, as do a lot of the players.

"But it has to be balanced with that enjoyment. I often say to him, 'play with a smile' and I've told him he's best when he does.

"We're looking to him to continue doing that."

Dyche has no fresh injury worries ahead of Burnley's short trip to Goodison and he insisted the pressure was off his players because nobody expected Burnley to have a fighting chance of survival at this stage.

"We're not cut adrift and people thought we might be," said Dyche, with the Clarets heading into the weekend just two points from safety.

"That's a good stimulus for us to move it forward. With the collective mind-set going into these last games we've got to this point where we've learnt a lot and now it's putting it all together."

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