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29 July 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance 10,231

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Nottingham Forest
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Burnley Football Club

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4-4-2
  • 43
    Jordan Smith
    GK
  • 4
    Michael Mancienne (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Armand Traore
    MF
  • 9
    Daryl Murphy
    FW
  • 10
    Barrie McKay
    MF
  • 11
    Ben Osborn
    DF
  • 16
    Zach Clough
    FW
  • 17
    Ben Brereton
    DF
  • 24
    David Vaughan
    MF
  • 27
    Tendayi Darikwa
    DF
  • 42
    Joe Worrall
    MF

Substitutes

  • 26
    Dimitar Evmitov
    SUB
  • 8
    Chris Cohen
    SUB
  • 19
    Jamie Ward
    SUB
  • 25
    Jack Hobbs
    SUB
  • 28
    Thomas Lam
    SUB
  • 31
    Andreas Bouchalakis
    SUB
  • 35
    Jason Cummings
    SUB
  • 39
    Apostolos Vellios
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Mark Warburton

4-3-3
  • 1
    Tom Heaton (C)
    GK
  • 6
    Ben Mee
    DF
  • 5
    James Tarkowski
    DF
  • 2
    Matt Lowton
    DF
  • 23
    Stephen Ward
    DF
  • 4
    Jack Cork
    MF
  • 16
    Steven Defour
    MF
  • 13
    Jeff Hendrick
    MF
  • 10
    Ashley Barnes
    FW
  • 7
    Andre Gray
    FW
  • 19
    Jonathan Walters
    FW

Substitutes

  • 29
    Nick Pope
    SUB
  • 3
    Charlie Taylor
    SUB
  • 9
    Sam Vokes
    SUB
  • 12
    Robbie Brady
    SUB
  • 17
    Johann Berg Gudmunsson
    SUB
  • 18
    Ashley Westwood
    SUB
  • 26
    Phil Bardsley
    SUB
  • 28
    Kevin Long
    SUB
  • 32
    Dan Agyei
    SUB
  • 34
    Tom Anderson
    SUB
  • 37
    Scott Arfield
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Sean Dyche

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Match Previews

Friends re-unite for Forest warm-up

Sean Dyche expects a competitive afternoon as he and his staff return to the City Ground

27 July 2017

The Clarets face a day of reunions as they continue their pre-season build-up with a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

All of Burnley’s senior coaching staff – with the exception of goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer – were on the books as players at the City Ground, with assistant manager Ian Woan giving a decade of first-team service to the twice-former European champions.

And on the other side of the fence the Clarets will face a Forest side whose director of football is Frank McParland, who held a similar post at Turf Moor before a spell in between the two clubs at Glasgow Rangers.

He has subsequently followed manager Mark Warburton from Scotland to Nottingham and was instrumental in Forest’s signing this week of full-back Tendayi Darikwa from the Clarets.

The practicalities of setting up a pre-season meeting were therefore obvious, allied to the fact that Burnley boss Sean Dyche sees the fixture as perfectly placed in his side’s warm-up schedule on the back of the Clarets’ mid-week outing at Preston.

“It’s a great club to go to,” said Dyche, who started his career at Forest.

“Obviously we have got links there from many years ago, and also the staff there.

“They are good people and I trust them to go about their business in the right way, as I did Preston.

“Yet again, they are a good, competitive Championship club.”

The Clarets continued their winning start to pre-season with a 2-1 victory at Preston, where Dyche gave game time to 19 outfield players.

Tendayi Darikwa could face the Clarets only days after leaving Turf Moor

He is likely to involve most of his senior squad again at Forest – giving a check on the fitness levels of new signing Phil Bardsley before deciding whether to include the former Stoke City defender – with two homes games to come against Celta Vigo and Hannover 96 before the Premier League season starts on 12 August.

Forest begin their Championship campaign the weekend before with a Friday night fixture at home to newly-promoted Millwall.

Warburton’s side only just beat the drop last season – winning on the final day of the campaign to help relegate Blackburn Rovers instead.

But they will be hoping to do better this time around with the former Brentford boss approaching his first full campaign in charge and a new owner in place.

Forest have sold last season’s 14-goal leading scorer, Britt Assombalonga, to Middlesbrough for £15m but have made a handul of new signings alongside Darikwa, including former Newcastle and Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy and ex-Rangers’ winger Barrie McKay.

And they are unbeaten so far in pre-season, with two goals from Greece international Apostolos Vellios earning a 2-1 win over Spanish side Girona on Tuesday night.

Burnley supporters are reminded they can pay on the day at the City Ground but season-ticket holders must display take their ticket to gain advantage of entry at reduced rates of £10 adults and £5 concessions.

Prices otherwise are £15 adults and £10 concessions.

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 1 Burnley 1

Andre Gray strikes again as Clarets continue build-up with drawat the City Ground

29 July 2017

Andre Gray stayed in the groove as the Clarets maintained their unbeaten start to their pre-season campaign.

Gray followed up his hat-trick just up the road at Alfreton a week ago with a further goal to cancel out a first-half own-goal from Ben Mee as the fast-starting striker again showed his finishing instincts.

And with Forest less than a week away from their Championship opener, this was another useful run-out for the Clarets, who used 19 outfield players to demonstrate their growing strength in depth.

The home side understandably looked fully cooked at times as they bid to make amends for last season’s flirtation with the drop.

And that meant Sean Dyche’s men had to work hard for their reward, secured through Gray’s second-half strike on another afternoon when the manager looked like he will have plenty competition for places when the real business starts.

The Clarets started with a new-look formation as Dyche continued to weigh up his options and get the necessary game time into as many of his squad as possible ahead of the big kick-off.

Jack Cork was deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role behind Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick, with Jon Walters and Ashley Barnes filling the wider positions in support of Gray.

It meant plenty of flexibility and fluidity to the Clarets’ play as they had the better of the opening 20 minutes.

And it was only the fingertips of goalkeeper Jordan Smith and the width of the crossbar which prevented them taking the lead as Walters almost got another pre-season goal.

Swapping sides to pop up in the left-hand side of the penalty area, Walters was perfectly picked out by Andre Gray after Cork’s pass had allowed Gray to run at the Forest defence.

Walters did everything right with a diving header back across goal but Smith’s touch was enough to take the ball onto the bar and away to safety.

Gray did have the ball in the net shortly afterwards but a tight offside decision went against the Clarets’ man.

And Forest – less than a week away from their curtain-raiser at home to Millwall – then enjoyed their best spell to take a lead into half-time.

Mark Warburton’s side, including former Burnley defender Tendayi Darikwa less than a week after his move from Turf Moor, were tidy in possession and when they broke down the left, Ben Osborn's cross was diverted into his own net by Mee as the defender looked to stop new signing Daryl Murphy opening his Forest account from inside the six-yard box.

The former Newcastle frontman could then have made it 2-0 after Matt Lowton’s headed back-pass had sold Tom Heaton short.

Murphy won possession and looked a certain scorer with a shot on the turn only for Heaton to recover make a remarkable smothering save.

Dyche made his first change at the break with Cork making way for Ashley Westwood and the Clarets levelled six minutes into the second half.

Tellingly, Lowton got forward well in the opening exchanges following the re-start and after being played in by Westwood he failed to pick out a team-mate when a shot might have been a better option.

But when the opportunity arose again from a Walters’ pass, Lowton crossed perfectly for Gray to sweep in the equaliser at the far post.

Gray had one further chance which he steered too close to Smith as Burnley stepped it up in a more familiar 4-4-2 formation and Walters looked as though he should have been awarded a penalty when pushed over by Andreas Bouchalakis.

And after Forest had enjoyed a spell of late pressure - combined with the last of the multiple changes which saw the return of Scott Arfield after international duty and a few minutes for new signing Phil Bardsley - there was one more chance for the Clarets to win it.

Substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson did all the work himself with a storming run inside before letting fly with a left-footed shot, which Smith kept out to keep the both sides' unbeaten pre-season records intact as the real thing looms.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Darikwa, Mancienne (Hobbs 60), Worrall, Traore, Vaughan (Bouchalakis ht), Osborn, Clough, Brereton (Ward ht (Cummings 60), McKay, Murphy (Vellios 60). Substitutes: Evtimov, Cohen, Hobbs, Lam.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton (Bardsley 73), Mee (Taylor 76), Tarkowski, Ward, Hendrick (Gudmundsson 81), Cork (Westwood ht), Defour (Arfield 60), Gray (Agyei 81), Barnes (Brady 60), Walters (Vokes 73). Substitutes: Pope, Long, Anderson.

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 10,231 (Burnley 566)

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