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27 July 2019 Venue DW Stadium Attendance

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Wigan Athletic
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Burnley Football Club

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PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic v Burnley

Clarets continue build-up against Championship opposition

27 July 2019

The Clarets face domestic opposition in pre-season for the final time on Saturday when they go to Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.

With two weeks to go to the start of the Premier League season, Burnley will follow up their trip to the DW Stadium with home games against Nice and Parma.

The game will be streamed live on Clarets Player to all premium subscribers. For more details, and to subscribe, CLICK HERE.  Please note: Day passes should only be ordered on the day of the game.

And after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at League One side Fleetwood Town, boss Sean Dyche is looking to continue the upward curve against the Latics.

“That’s the idea,” said Dyche. “We are taking it up another notch. You think it might be tougher in the sense that they are in the Championship.

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“But we have worked the players hard again this week. We haven’t gone into that true game-thinking yet where it’s building up tactically with rest and getting ready to perform.

“We are still working on fitness levels, but after Wigan it will start easing down in terms of it being more tactical, more game-style and more game-preparation thinking.”

Dyche is hopeful Ben Mee may be able to play some part against a Wigan side managed by ex-Clarets’ midfielder Paul Cook after missing the last two games with a slight groin problem.

Defensive ally Ben Gibson was also kept out of the mid-week win at Fleetwood, along with Robbie Brady and Nick Pope, with an ankle injury which won't keep him sidelined for long.

Wigan, who are likely to include former Burnley defender Danny Fox, will be playing their final warm-up game ahead of their Championship opener at home to relegated Cardiff City on Saturday-week.

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Paul Cook played 169 games for Burnley in a four-year spell at Turf Moor

And Cook is expecting another proper work-out on the back of the Latics’ 0-0 draw at home to Everton on Wednesday night.

“Burnley will be another tough game. Sometimes I look back on arranging these games and think 'why have I done that?'. It seemed like a good idea in April and May," the Wigan boss told his club's website.

“Sean's got a very good side. He's done so well as a manager with Burnley.

“They're an outstanding, well-established Premier League team, so we need to rest, recover and hopefully put in a good performance; maybe a couple of goals as well, because that's what the fans want to see.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm and supporters can pay on the day:

Adults - £15.00

Over 65s - £15.00

Under 18s - £5.00

Under 12’s - £2.00

The game will be streamed live on Clarets Player to all premium subscribers. For more details, and to subscribe, CLICK HERE. 

Please note: Day passes should only be ordered on the day of the game.

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Match Reports

Wigan 2 Burnley 2

27 July 2019

Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil both struck in the opening 10 minutes as Burnley surrendered a two-goal lead to draw at Wigan.

The Clarets looked in cruise control following Rodriguez’s simple opener and a stunning strike from McNeil.

But Paul Cook's Championship side struck back through Anthony Pilkington's goal before half time - and earned a confidence-boosting share of the spoils through Joe Gelhardt’s smart low effort after the break.

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It was another strong side for the final pre-season trip of the season, with Ben Mee operating at centre back after missing last weekend’s double header.

And the Clarets had the perfect start in the fifth minute with a delightful opener.

Ashley Barnes spun onto a precise ball infield from Ashley Westwood and slid a perfect through ball to send Johann Berg Gudmundsson clear.

The Icelandic wide man could have gone for goal, but spotted Rodriguez unmarked on the penalty spot and slid the ball perfectly into the striker’s path for a simple tap-in.

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Five minutes later, the lead was doubled in fine style.

Again, Gudmundsson and Barnes were the architects and when the latter laid the ball off, McNeil fired a terrific first-time effort into the bottom right hand corner from outside the area.

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Pilkington fired over from just inside the areas as Wigan carved out their first opening of the game midway through the opening half.

The Blackburn-born youngster then forced a fine save from Tom Heaton with a rising drive on the half hour, and almost immediately halved the deficit by turning home a low cross from inside the six-yard box.

But as half time approached the chances continued to come for Burnley and, after Gudmundsson beat the offside trap to fire wide, Barnes forced a fingertip save from David Marshall after plucking a long ball out of the sky and going for the bottom corner.

Wigan spurned a golden chance to level the scores shortly after the restart when Lopes fire a ball across the six-yard box and the in-rushing Windass completely fluffed his lines.

And on the hour mark, Burnley were grateful to Heaton for a fine save from Michael Jacobs, after the Latics’ showed neat footwork to create the opening.

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A flurry of Clarets substitutions followed, but it was still the hosts’ posing most of the questions.

And the equaliser duly arrived midway through the half as substitute Gelhardt smashed home from 12 yards.

Burnley responded and Wood, so prolific in front of goal throughout pre-season, poked his effort wide after a terrific threaded through ball from substitute Jeff Hendrick.

But neither side could eek out the winner as the Clarets’ thoughts turned towards two Turf Moor friendlies in the coming week, ahead of the big kick off. 

BURNLEY: Heaton, Lowton (Bardsley 61), Tarkowski, Mee (Long 61), Taylor (Pieters 71), Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood (Hendrick 71), McNeil (Lennon 71), Rodriguez (Vydra 80), Barnes (Wood 61).

Subs: Hart, Younger.

WIGAN (starting): Marshall, Dunkley, Kipre, Evans, McLeod, Robinson, Lopes, Pilkington, Jacobs, Windass, Garner.

Subs: Jones, Fox, Naismith, Massey, Roberts, Weir, Byrne, Gelhardt, Lang.

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