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20 July 2018 Venue Tameside Stadium Attendance

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JBG Back For The Clarets

Winger set for friendly action after return from World Cup duty

19 July 2018

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is in line to make his first appearance since the World Cup Finals as the Clarets continue their pre-season build-up with twin friendlies on Friday night.

Boss Sean Dyche will split his first-team squad across the two games at Macclesfield Town and Curzon Ashton (both kick-off 7.45pm).

And Gudmundsson is set to be involved after returning to club duty this week.

The Iceland international was given a break following his country’s exit from the tournament in Russia at the group stage.

But after resuming training with the Clarets on Monday, the winger is expected to play some part in one of the two games.

Robbie Brady was part of the training camp in Ireland

Robbie Brady could also get his first taste of action in public since the knee injury he sustained last December, as the Republic of Ireland international closes in on a return to full fitness.

Steven Defour and Ashley Barnes won’t be involved, and goalkeeper Nick Pope is still to return from his post-World Cup break.

But the rest of the Clarets’ senior players will be in action as Dyche looks to give game time to as many players as possible with the start of the Europa League just a week away and the Premier League kicking off in three weeks’ time.

Dyche will lead the side at Macclesfield, who are back in the Football League after winning the National League title last season.

Former Burnley midfielder and assistant manager Mark Yates has since taken over at the Moss Rose and will take charge for his first home game on Friday night.

Admission at Macclesfield is £10 for adults and £5 concessions.

The Clarets will also take a strong side to National League North side Curzon Ashton, where the under-23s will again play most of their home games in the Professional Development League this season.

Admission at the Tameside Stadium is £5 adults, £3 concessions, £3 under-18s and students (with ID), under-16s free.

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Curzon Ashton 2 Burnley 5

Robbie Brady makes successful return as Clarets hit the goal trail

20 July 2018

Robbie Brady completed 45 minutes in a welcome return as the Clarets came from behind to win with four second-half goals at the Tameside Stadium.

Brady successfully completed the first half as planned in his first public outing since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last December.

The Ireland international was full of running as he steps up his return to full fitness and set up the Clarets’ equaliser with a corner headed home by Ben Mee two minutes before the break.

And the side being over-seen by first-team coach Tony Loughlan then took control in the second half to cruise to victory with further goals from front men Sam Vokes, who struck twice, Nahki Wells and Jon Walters.

With the Clarets splitting their senior squad between this game and a similar work-out at Macclesfield Town, there was plenty of experience on show at National League North side Curzon, who will host Burnley’s under-23 Development League fixtures again this season.

But youth also got its chance with two 18-year-olds effectively filling the Clarets’ starting central midfield berths, Mace Goodridge replacing Aiden O’Neill, who picked up a problem in the warm-up, to line up alongside Dwight McNeil.

And they were given a proper test before half-time as Burnley were made to pay for missing a number of chances before the non-leaguers took the lead with 35 minutes gone.

Wells saw an early shot saved by Cameron Mason and Vokes pulled an effort just wide as the Clarets probed for the first goal.

Brady then had an opportunity to provide it but poked a shot wide after being played in by Vokes.

And after Vokes saw a close-range effort canon into the legs of Mason after a combination of Mee and Stephen Ward had opened up the Curzon defence, the home side broke clear to go in front when a shot from former Oldham winger Connor Hughes was deflected past Anders Lindegaard.

Lindegaard was then pressed into action as he kept out a header from Daniel Shaw but two minutes before the break Mee nodded in Brady’s corner at the near post to make it 1-1.

And Burnley then dominated the second half to be rewarded with four further goals.

Dan Agyei, who replaced Brady at the break, lifted an effort over the top with one of his first touches but the reprieve for Curzon, who made a number of second-half changes, didn’t last long.

Vokes got himself off the mark with a fine header from Matt Lowton’s cross and Lowton was to be a key man as Burnley continued to step up the pace.

The full-back didn’t have a hand in the third goal, drilled in from 20 yards by Wells, who scored a hat-trick on this ground last season as an over-age player in a Premier League Cup tie.

But it was his delivery which allowed Walters to arrive on cue to stab home the fourth goal and Lowton then crossed again for Vokes to head his second of the night with seven minutes to go.

It could have been more, with Wells and Walters both missing sighters before they got up-and-running on a confidence-boosting night.

And although Curzon pulled one back with another deflected effort from Tyrell McKenzie in the last minute, the Clarets took a tidy step forward in their preparation for things to come.

Burnley: Lindegaard, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Walters, Goodridge, McNeil, Brady (Agyei HT), Vokes, Wells. Substitutes: Trialist, Younger, Bayode.

Curzon Ashton: Mason, Morton, O’Leary, Hunt, Shaw, Rowney, Crankshaw, Marshall, Sharp, Guest, Hughes. Substitutes: Clarke, McCoy, Fawns, McKenzie, Brooke, Baillie, Thornley, Deakin.

Referee: Tom Parsons

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