Date: 30th July 2017 at 8:49pm
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Manager Sean Dyche was left pretty happy following Burnley’s one all draw with Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

A first half strike from Daryl Murphy gave Forest the lead but Andre Gray continued his own goalscoring form as he hit the back of the net to maintain our unbeaten pre season run.

The pleasure for Dyche was getting match minutes into a number of players at the City Ground, and he did that with 19 taking to the pitch.

Nottingham Forest:

Smith, Darikwa, Mancienne (Hobbs 60), Worrall, Traore, Vaughan (Bouchalakis ht), Osborn, Clough, Brereton (Ward ht (Cummings 60), McKay, Murphy (Vellios 60).

Subs:

Evtimov, Cohen, Hobbs, Lam.

Burnley:

Heaton, Lowton (Bardsley 73), Mee (Taylor 76), Tarkowski, Ward, Hendrick (Gudmundsson 81), Cork (Westwood ht), Defour (Arfield 60), Gray (Agyei 81), Barnes (Brady 60), Walters (Vokes 73).

Subs:

Pope, Long, Anderson.

Referee: Andy Woolmer.
Attendance: 10,231 (Burnley 566).

It was also a quick return for the recently departing Tendayi Darikwa.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media post game, Dyche was pleased with what we could take from the match.

‘We need to get the fitness in and first half it was a real hard shift because they kept the ball well and tried to be productive. In the second half I thought we gathered our thoughts a little bit and looked better tactically and the game came back in our favour. In the first half we were expecting a little bit of that. The players worked very, very hard on Thursday. It was a double session and very hard on the legs. They carried a little bit of second-day fatigue and you could notice that first half, whereas second half they looked a bit stronger again, so we were pleased with that.’

Dyche went on to add.

‘It`s like the legs recover and we looked more like ourselves, partly the tactical, partly the physical. But it was good on all levels. I`m pleased with the players. There were a couple of tweaks but nothing major, so that`s good. We`re getting closer.’

With a few friendlies remaining this summer, Dyche went on to say that it would remain being about fitness over everything else, but obviously tactics start coming into play now as well.

‘Tuesday, we still want to get minutes into players. The idea is if we can get the whole group as fit as we can ready for the first game of the season, then you`re in good shape, because then you can put players in, take them out, move the shape etc. Without that true fitness, it`s difficult to do that because you end up going for the players who are the fittest because we all know the Premier League is very demanding – physically. We`ll see how Tuesday goes. That might be slightly different. And then by Saturday you`re looking to look roughly – not always the team you think – but roughly what the team might be.’

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