Dyche: ‘Leicester should have won more’

By beating Swansea City and West Brom in their most recent Premier League games, the Foxes have pulled themselves off the bottom of the table, a position now occupied by Burnley.

But Dyche did not expect them to be part of the relegation battle this season and despite his side earning a draw at the King Power Stadium in the reverse fixture, highlighted the promising early-season form of Nigel Pearson???s men.

At the time of the draw between the clubs last autumn, Leicester were playing confidently having claimed a stunning 5-3 win over Manchester United in a positive start.

And Dyche said: “I am not suggesting they should be top 10 but I thought they would win more.

“When they got off to a good start I thought they would maintain that and be in good shape.

“But they have had a few things go against them, like us. Maybe they have changed at the right time.

“Everyone needs a scratch of luck and we need that as well, whether it is Leicester or the games after that – but mainly we need to build on performing properly.”

Pearson felt Burnley were fortunate when the teams met earlier in the season, when substitute Ross Wallace struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to claim a 2-2 draw.

“It is a game we should have won,” he said at the time. “I don’t think they really deserved to get anything out of the game. I thought they were quite poor on the day.”

The remarks did not concern Dyche, who confirmed he has not spoken to his Leicester counterpart since that game but not for any particular reason.

Asked if the two had spoken, the Burnley boss said: “No, but not because of any other reason than I don’t know him that well.

“I know him from last season, saying ‘Well done Nigel, great job’, but I didn’t know him before.???

And he added: “If you look in my history, I have very rarely – if ever – questioned the opposition or the manager.

“I made a conscious decision that I would respect everyone and how difficult it is. Even before I was a manager I had a feeling of how tough it is.

“But everyone to their own. They have the chance to say or do whatever they see fit.”