Dyche Ponders Strike Partnership

Sean Dyche says pairing strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Beto is a possibility he could consider this season.

Calvert-Lewin returned to action off the bench last time out against Arsenal after overcoming a facial injury sustained at Aston Villa in August, while summer signing Beto has started each of the Blues' past two games after scoring on his debut for the Club in the Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Speaking in Thursday's pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend's trip to Brentford, Dyche was asked whether playing the two attackers together is an option under consideration.

"Yes, possibly," he said. "I've always liked playing with two strikers when possible but it's got to suit the rest of the team as well. 

"You have got to have the players who can work, particularly in midfield working in a two because in modern football, most people play with a three in [midfield] so you have two [players] who have got to handle three [opposition players], or a version of that. But I do like two strikers when I can."

Offering an update on the fitness of Calvert-Lewin, Dyche added: "He is good. He is training well. Just getting more and more time on the training pitch is bound to help. He is going well."

Dyche also called on his side to be braver in possession and impose themselves on their opposition having failed to do so in the narrow home defeat to Arsenal last time out.

"I thought the second half against Arsenal we lost our way - we defended well but the other side of the game we never got to grips with the game at all," he explained. "We never dealt with the ball, never played our part in the game with possession. 

"In the other games - aside from the Aston Villa one - I think they've been good performances. The margins are tight and the details are so, so important at both ends of the pitch.

"There is a lot of good in it but the facts are the facts and the league table doesn't lie. The underlying story is better than the league table represents but, at the end of the day, we've got to change that - we're the only ones who can change it: myself, the staff, the players. 

"I can assure you I'm under no illusion that we have to change that part of it and sometimes by hook or by crook."