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Craig Bellamy insists Burnley will stick with their philosophy despite poor form

Burnley assistant manager Craig Bellamy insists the Clarets will not tweak their philosophy despite their awful start to life in the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany’s side were the best team in the Championship by a country mile, emerging as champions of the division after racking up 101 points.

While they have stuck with a system that delivered massive results in the second division, their return to the top flight has not been as glamorous.

Burnley have only collected four points from nine games this season, winning just three games across all competitions, including their two Carabao Cup fixtures against Nottingham Forest and Salford City.

The Clarets find themselves languishing in the relegation zone and in danger of a quick return to the Championship, but Kompany’s camp have chosen to remain steadfast in their tactical approach.

“No chance,” Bellamy said on the Overlap when asked if there’s a possibility of adapting their tactical setup to life in the top flight.

“Why will we change? We just have to get back on the ball. We’re leaving too many gaps when we haven’t got the ball.

“So what the problem is is what we were really brilliant at last year, and that is what the people who talk about the football, we were the best team without the ball.

“You’re only as good as that [the compactness between the front and the back], that’s when you’re a good team.

“If you spread out everywhere, then there’s gaps everywhere. Second balls are only going to land to them so they can come straight at you again.

“So by being compact and being a unit, it ends up working like a machine.”

Burnley travel to the South Coast at the weekend to take on fellow relegation contenders Bournemouth, looking for only their second Premier League victory.

Their only success in the top flight have come against fellow promoted side Luton Town, but the Clarets will fancy their chances of thwarting a Bournemouth side that have been hugely disappointing this term.

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