10:57 4th August 2014
Marvin Sordell says the Clarets will be looking to play on the front foot this season in the Premier League.
Sordell scored his third goal of pre-season at Bloomfield Road on Saturday as he spearheaded the attack alongside the returning Ashley Barnes, before making way for Lukas Jutkiewicz in the 68th minute.
And with strong striking competition for a starting spot ahead of the Chelsea opener, Sordell is hoping to take his goalscoring form into the season to ensure he is at the forefront of his manager’s mind.
He said: “It is good to be scoring goals and getting a lot of minutes on the pitch and it is something that I want to take on into the season.
“It was a test and at this stage of pre-season it’s mostly about the physical side of things and getting the sharpness and your feel back for competitive games.
“I think the pitch made it more difficult for us to be honest, as it was sticky and uneven but I think we dealt with it well.
“We want to play on the front foot and be offensive minded as well as working hard, but most of all just give it our all and go for it.”
The former Watford man is more than familiar with the workings of Clarets boss Sean Dyche after the pair worked together at Vicarage Road during his youth days.
And just as Dyche clearly kept tabs on Sordell’s progress, it came as no surprise to the former England U21 international to see that Dyche’s squad were flying high at the top end of the Championship last season.
Sordell added: “After working with the manager before I looked out for how well his team was doing and when I saw they were near the top for pretty much the whole season I wasn’t very surprised.
“I’ve worked with Sean (Dyche) for five or six years so I know him very well and he knows me as a player and a person too.
“Hopefully I can add to the team and to the group and give it my best effort.
“I’m really looking forward to it, obviously last season everyone put a vast amount of effort to get into the Premier League.
“Now it is all about maintaining that status!”