Dyche said: "It's just tough. The Premier League is tough.
“I think the great thing we have here is an acceptance of the reality, from the fans, the board, myself. I think that's a great weapon to have. Some clubs think: Oh, we're this. The market tells you that you're not, because you can't fight your way to wherever you think you are. That's year on year at some clubs. And that's really difficult to manage that.
“Whereas here, because we've built it slowly and surely, everyone goes: We know where we're at. We're on 36 points at the moment, and the fans are backing the team, because they go: Yeah, for us, this is a big challenge every season. And yet we're on 36 points."
Meanwhile, U23 coach Michael Duff is delighted to see youngster Dwight McNeil begin working with the first team.
Duff said: “Dwight looks like he's been training with the first team.
“He looks sharper and he's doing things quicker because of the demands of training with the first team.
“We are young and we are trying to develop players. I think we have to look at it as a long-term thing."