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23 July 2019 Venue Highbury Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW: Fleetwood Town v Burnley

Clarets continue pre-season build-up against Joey Barton's Cod Army

23 July 2019

The Clarets head up county tonight (Tuesday) for a re-union with former player Joey Barton as they continue their pre-season preparations at Fleetwood Town.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is expected to take a near full squad to the seaside – although defenders Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor may be held back until the weekend trip to Wigan as they look to overcome minor knocks.

After a double-header at League Two sides Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale last Saturday, the Clarets will streamline their approach against Barton's side at Highbury Stadium (KO 7.45pm).

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But Dyche insists the priority at the moment remains building towards peak fitness in time for the real thing.

“We will look at the week and see who needs topping up a bit more and the ones who needs a bit less; players who need more minutes,” said the Clarets’ chief.

“That’s what we’ll do in the next two games - definitely the next two and possibly the third one after that.

“Usually by the last game you’re looking at roughly what you think – apart from the odd knock or reason someone can’t play - but until then we’re still in that pre-season mode and open-minded about who’s delivering and who’s on it.”

Barton – who helped the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League in 2016 before returning for a second spell in the top-flight at Turf Moor the following season – is starting his second full campaign in charge at Fleetwood.

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The Clarets won 2-0 at Gaham Alexander's Fleetwood in a 2015/16 pre-season friendly

The 36-year-old led the Cod Army to an 11th-place finish in League One last season.

Ex-Burnley favourite Dean Marney played a part in that – along with former Turf Moor team-mate Ross Wallace – but the midfielder is yet to feature in Town’s pre-season plans this time around and Wallace has not renewed his contract.

The Cod Army won 3-1 at Carlisle United in a friendly last weekend and entertain Preston North End this coming Friday night before they kick off their EFL programme at Peterborough United on Saturday-week.

The Clarets, meanwhile, follow up Saturday’s trip to Championship outfit Wigan with back-to-back home games against Nice and Parma before starting out in the Premier League against Southampton at Turf Moor on Saturday, 10 August.

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Fleetwood Town 0 Burnley 2

Koiki gets first senior goal and Wood on target again as Clarets secure victory

23 July 2019

Ali Koiki scored his first senior goal and Chris Wood extended his prolific pre-season run as the Clarets continued their build-up with a tidy victory at Highbury Stadium.

Koiki made the most of his opportunity to play in a more advanced role with the Clarets’ opening goal just before the break.

And following nine changes at half-time on a sweltering evening on the Fylde coast, substitute Wood tapped in his sixth goal of the pre-season schedule to double the lead with almost an hour gone.

Boss Sean Dyche gave 45 minutes to 19 of his outfield players, with only central defender Kevin Long having to put in an extended shift in the absence of Ben Mee and Ben Gibson, who are both nursing knocks.

Charlie Taylor was fit enough to make a welcome return for his first outing of the summer programme against the club where he previously enjoyed a promotion success during a loan spell from Leeds United.

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And with Taylor starting at left-back, Koiki was pushed forward into the left-hand side of midfield.

Having missed an early chance – volleying wide at the far post from Matt Lowton’s fine swinging cross – the 19-year-old then enjoyed his big moment.

From the Clarets’ first corner of the game in the final minute of the first half, Koiki pounced after shots from Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon had been blocked and on the turn struck a low left-footed shot through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner.

The goal came just after the tide had begun to turn Burnley’s way following a bright start from Fleetwood.

The League One side – managed by ex-Claret Joey Barton – carried the early threat and almost went in front in the first minute.

Giant defender Harry Souttar was a handful in the air and when he connected with a powerful header, it took a sharp block from Joe Hart to parry the ball away.

Hart handled well throughout a 90-minute appearance, although Town twice had chances after the break to beat the former England man through Conor McAleny and Souttar who both headed wide.

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McAleny’s effort came seven minutes into the second half and shortly afterwards Burnley punished the lapse by going 2-0 up.

Josh Benson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson were both involved in driving the Clarets forward and when Phil Bardsley joined in from right-back, his low cross was perfectly delivered for the predatory Wood to side-foot home from inside the six-yard box.

A couple of moments of inspiration from Dwight McNeil hinted at more to come from the visitors as they attacked the goal in front of a full stand of travelling supporters.

But Koiki’s red-letter night and Wood’s usual contribution proved enough – along with a welcome clean sheet – as the Clarets grew in strength as the game went on to take another important step along the way to peaking for the real thing.

Fleetwood Town: Cairns; Coyle, Souttar; Clarke, Andrew; Rossiter; Burns (Hunter 60), Coutts, Biggins, Morris; McAleny. Substitutes used: Crellin, Sheron, Southam-Hales, Rydel, Saunders, Mooney, Hunter, Boyle, Baggley.

Burnley first half: Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; Lennon, Hendrick, Westwood, Koiki; Vydra, Rodriguez.

Burnley second half: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Cork, Benson, McNeil; Wood, Barnes.

Referee: David Webb

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