Date: 26th July 2017 at 9:20pm
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Manager Sean Dyche was a happy man at full time in Burnley’s most recent friendly against Preston North End.

Heading to Deepdale for the match, goals from Jon Walters and Sam Vokes gave us the two one victory and Preston certainly gave us a good run as they had been unbeaten in their pre season campaign so far.


Heaton (Pope 46), Lowton (C Long 81), Taylor (Ward 71), Anderson, K Long (Mee 64), Brady (Barnes 71), Gudmundsson (Ulvestad 75), Westwood (Defour 64), Cork (Hendrick 64), Walters (Agyei 81), Vokes (Gray 81).


Maxwell (Hudson 75), Grimshaw, Boyle, Spurr, Earl (O`Connor HT), Horgan, Johnson (Brown HT), Welsh (Pearson HT), Pringle (Barkhuizen 70), Harrop (Maguire HT), Doyle (Robinson 75). Subs: Vermijl, Cunningham, Huntington, Meulensteen.

Referee: Robert Jones.
Attendance: 5,633 (1,755 Burnley).

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, a delighted Dyche explained.

‘It`s a night that we wanted in the sense that we got game time in the legs and made sure injuries remain at a minimum. James Tarkowski missed out with a tight hip from the weekend and we have to be careful at this stage with minor knocks. We also split the teams last Saturday (Alfreton and Kidderminster) and at Preston we brought them together again, and overall I was pleased.’

Dyche went on to say.

‘It got a bit disjointed at the end, but we`d made that many changes and it`s hard for the players to quickly adapt, but the idea of pre-season is that you are getting players ready. Preston were into their sixth game and that was only our second real game, so there is still real work to go and sharpness to come. We knew it would be a really competitive game and that`s right and proper in pre-season. It`s hard to find that in pre-season sometimes, but the players had to work hard to get a result.’

With Phil Bardsley’s signing being announced ahead of the game, Dyche confirmed he would have to undergo some tests to find out where he is fitness wise so he can catch if needed before we overload him.

So he may or may not appear this weekend.

‘We are still only carrying 19 outfield players. In an ideal world you would have two in every position and then a couple of young lads who are pushing, so we are nearly there, but not quite. We are getting back into good shape, but we are still active on a few different situations and seeing if we can make them happen. I`m pleased this year, because when I say that people often wonder. But I`m pleased to say we`ve done some business this year already and we are still looking. The market is what it is, but the main thing for me is continuing to add to the group with quality and Phil Bardsley, along with the others, will definitely do that.’

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