Date: 21st July 2017 at 6:31pm
Written by:

Manager Sean Dyche has confirmed he will split the first team down the middle for our friendlies later today against Alfreton Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

Speaking to the Official Site on Friday to preview both games, fitness was clearly the key as we go into Saturday’s double header of games with both kicking off at 3pm and to ensure as many players got good game time, Dyche explained he was splitting resources down the middle.

‘We will break the group up to the two different games and we will be looking for more game-time for them. We recognise our main first-team squad. A few of the younger players will travel with us, but we are looking to get good minutes into the first-team players.’

With the Shamrock run out last Friday, a four nil victory on Irish soil, Dyche said he expected more of an intensity to this weekend’s friendlies as we continue stepping up plans ahead of the new campaign.

With Dyche heading to Alfreton with that group, he explained.

‘What you always search for is to get minutes into the players. In most sports you can train for it, but the actual event is always the main thing, and that has a slightly different effect on the body and the mind, so you can never quite replace games.’

With us never facing Kidderminster Harriers in a competitive fixture also on the cards, Dyche went on to say.

‘We just thought this year we would split the groups and try and get more minutes in one go, rather than that idea of 45s and 60s etc, which we normally do with a split where one group will start one game and the opposite group will start the next. This time we decided to get the 45 minutes into them in Dublin and then get back and split the group. Not all will get a total game but there will be a lot on Saturday – as long as it goes well – will get a 90-minutes.’

burnley Bloggers

Join The Vital Debate