Date: 23rd July 2017 at 11:02pm
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Burnley had a double header of friendlies this weekend against Alfreton Town and Kidderminster Harriers and we took victory in both matches.

Heading to Alfreton, an Andre Gray hattrick gave us the three two victory after the hosts had opened the scoring and took the one nil lead going into the half time break.

Gray had us level in the 52nd minute before Alfreton again impressed to make the score two one. Gray again had us level on 65 minutes as he struck from the penalty spot, and he tied the game up on 73 when he slotted home his hattrick.

Alfreton:

Elliott, Topliss, Allan, Platt, Shiels, Priestley, Jennings, Disley, Westcarr, Sharp, Johnson.

Subs:

Diawara, Morrison, Marshall, McGowan, Roberton, Snodin, Bickett.

Burnley:

Heaton, Darikwa, Tarkowski (Whitmore 32), Mee (Birch 80), Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, C Long (Limb 83), Gray, Walters (Chakwana 70).

Subs:

Mitchell, Thomas, O’Neill.

Over at Aggborough under the charge of Ian Woan, a Robbie Brady freekick gave us the one nil victory in that game so it was a good day all round.

Kidderminster:

Hall, Austin, Keane, Croasdale, Trialist, Williams, Nti, McQuilkin, Ironside, Truslove, Sonupe.

Subs:

A Brown, Webb, Trialist.

Burnley:

Pope, Lowton (Hendrie 84), Ward, Westwood, Anderson, K Long, Ulvestad, Hendrick, Agyei, Barnes, Brady (Bayode 84).

Subs:

Stone, Leitch, Flowers, Howarth, Metz.

Speking to the Official Site following the Alfreton tie, manager Sean Dyche praised Gray for his efforts on the day.

‘He looked nice and sharp. He`s worked the keeper on three of four more occasions as well, and Steven Defour has had some great moments in front of goal. There was only the odd stray pass here and there or it could have been a considerable score. But that`s not vital. It`s the fact we are creating chances, we did look a force going forward and mostly, apart from a couple of mistakes, we looked pretty tidy as a back unit as well.’

Dyche added.

‘I was pleased with the energy of the performance and the fitness. I`m pleased people came through and got an early 90 minutes, which was another goal for us which we wanted to achieve this year, which is why we split the groups. And also a lot of the play today. We made two mistakes for their two goals and we created a lot of chances, so I`m pleased with that sides of things. Because that`s important, to have that freedom in the top third to create chances.’

We did pick up two knocks in the game though – James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.

‘Tarky`s got a bit of a knock. He had it before the game. Just a bit of a tight hip so we were careful with him. We were also careful with Ben, who got a knock and we got him straight off. We think they`re all minor.’

Sam Vokes got the afternoon off after he tweaked his ankle in training aswell, but it’s not believed to be too bad.

Dyche added.

‘We lost five in the summer and brought in three. It`s fair to say we still need to add a couple more if we can. That will give us more depth, so we are on the look-out still. There are a couple of situations that may come to rise for us.’

Gray was also interviewed following his hattrick on the day and he said his aim this season was simply to better his goalscoring last term so he was delighted to find the net three times.

‘I want to do better than I did last year, a lot better. Hopefully the experience I had last year and the things I learned will stand me in good stead and I can kick on and do better. Everyone in the dressing room is hungry. I think you can see, especially in Jonny and Corky and the way they are putting themselves about, they are hungry for success. No-one has come here for a pay-day or to rest on their laurels. We`re here to be successful and be better.’

He added.

‘I have scored goals here before, so it had a familiar feeling. All the boys have come back fit and we are flying in training. I think everyone will say we are one step ahead and it`s showing. Saturday was about doing the right things and trying not to take liberties because of who we are and where we are and I think we did that.’

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