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There are no delusions of grandeur at Burnley - Sean Dyche

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists his high-flying team do not have "delusions of grandeur" following their unexpectedly strong start to the season.

Dyche's fifth-placed Clarets have defied expectations so far this campaign and were above the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool following Saturday's goalless draw at Brighton.

The result at the Amex Stadium means Burnley have already picked up 15 points on the road this campaign, more than they have managed in each of their previous three years in the Premier League.

Dyche, however, has warned that things can quickly change in the top flight.

"There are no guarantees, you can look at some of the teams that are currently in awkward predicaments, biggish clubs who have been around the Premier League for a long time," he said.

"It's a really unforgiving league.

"Brighton had that really nice solid start and now they're searching for results after three points in seven. That can happen, it can happen to anyone and I include ourselves in that.

"We're not the real deal; I think we've improved, I think we're moving forward again but we don't take anything for granted.

"We don't swagger into places. We haven't earned that yet. There's no delusions of grandeur."

The Clarets were perhaps lucky to leave East Sussex with a point after their hosts dominated for long periods and squandered a number of chances, including a first-half penalty, missed by Glenn Murray.

Out-of-form Brighton have now failed to win in seven games and scored just once in their last six fixtures.

Albion manager Chris Hughton believes opponents Burnley are showing other recently-promoted clubs how to become established in the top flight.

"I think these are one of the best examples that you can see or have at this level to see what they've done and how they've done it," Hughton said.

"Credit to them. They're not big spenders, they bring in very wisely.

"They very much know what they want, what type of players they want.

"You tend to think they bring players in to fit their model as opposed to adjusting it the other way around."

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