Date: 21st July 2010 at 10:52am
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The Clarets got their Far East tour off to a flying start yesterday with a thumping 5-0 win against Singapore S League, Gombak United in the Tampines Stadium.

Burnley were frustrated for most of the first half but finally broke the deadlock with just three minutes to go before half-time. Elliott and Marney linked well to set up Ross Wallace to score his second goal of the pre-season friendly campaign. With the second-half underway it didn`t take long for the Clarets to extend their lead. A Wallace pass after 48 minutes found Chris Eagles who drove the ball home to put the Clarets 2-0 up. On the hour mark, it was 3-0 thanks to a Chris Iwelumo header from an Eagles cross.

Steve Thompson made it 4-0 in similar fashion this time the cross being provided by Elliott and the rout was completed on 77 minutes when Edgar was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty. Jay Rodriguez slotted home from the spot to make the final score 5-0.

The Burnley starting line-up and substitutes making an appearance was as follows:

Brian Jensen (Craig Mawson 76), Tyrone Mears (Richard Eckersley 67), Clarke Carlisle (Leon Cort 64), Andre Bikey (Michael Duff 64), Brian Easton (Danny Fox 46), Graham Alexander (David Edgar 67), Ross Wallace (Alex-Ray Harvey 67), Dean Marney (Kevin McDonald 64), Chris McCann (Wade Elliott 34), Chris Eagles (Jay Rodriguez 64), Chris Iwelumo (Steven Thompson 64).

There was just one concern for the Clarets after a clash of knees saw Chris McCann come off worst just after the half-hour mark. McCann missed most of last season due to knee injuries and the Clarets were not going to take any chances. He was therefore substituted. There is good news today though and we let Brian Laws explain the situation:

“The physio assures me there is nothing to worry about, his knee has been iced down and he should be okay.

“He has had a clash of knees and just numbed the side of his knee a little bit. It was a precaution to take him off because he could have come back on,” said Laws.

“We are all concerned when a player goes down, especially Chris McCann after the trouble he had last year with his knee and we don`t want that to happen again.

The Clarets are now preparing for the second match of their three game tour when they will play Home United on Thursday 22nd July (5pm Kick-Off local Time-10am UK). This match will also be played at the Tampines Stadium. Home United, like Gombak also play in Singapore’s S.League and last season came fourth in the league.