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28 August 2018 Venue The Barnfield Training Centre Attendance

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Burnley U23
2 - 1
Crystal Palace U23

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One More Warm-Up For Vydra

New signing to play for U23s in game moved behind closed doors

27 August 2018

Matej Vydra will play for the Under-23s again on Tuesday as he closes in on his first taste of Premier League duty with the Clarets.

The August signing from Derby County is yet to make a Burnley debut following an interrupted pre-season programme.

But after two 90-minute run-outs as an over-age player in the Under-23s, the striker will figure for a third time against Crystal Palace in a Professional Development League fixture which has been moved from Curzon Ashton.

Tuesday afternoon’s game will now be played behind closed doors at the Barnfield Training Centre.

And provided he comes through un-scathed, Vydra could come into consideration to be involved against Manchester United at Turf Moor next Sunday – if not for Thursday night’s Europa League play-off second leg at home to Olympiakos.

“Matej will play again this week, then he’s more or less in and around the squad,” confirmed boss Sean Dyche.

“We got him involved over in Greece but more to be around the group because he has only just got here.

“I said not today (at Fulham) because you’ll play on Tuesday. Hopefully he’ll be around it on Thursday and from then on we can look at him being part of the squad.”

While Vydra – the top scorer in the Championship last season – heads towards full fitness, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is set for a spell out with a hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Fulham.

The problem doesn’t appear to be too serious, but Gudmundsson’s absence will compound the absence of the injured duo of Robbie Brady and Steven Defour.

“We thought they’d be around in pre-season and be ready at this stage, but they’re not,” added Dyche.

“And then working in the (transfer) market we tried for players and couldn’t get them in, so we are skinny on numbers at the minute.

“Robbie is back on the grass but he needs a games’ programme. I’m a manager who expects players to be right to play, not plays them to get fit. He still needs a games’ programme together.”

The Clarets have won one and lost one of their opening two games in the U23 Professional Development League, following up a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City – when Vydra was on the scoresheet – with a 4-2 loss at Coventry City last Monday.

Palace, who topped the league’s southern group last season before losing in the play-offs, have won their first two games this time around.

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Match Reports

Burnley U23s 2 Crystal Palace U23s 1

Clarets clip Eagles' wings in 2-1 win at Barnfield Training Centre.

28 August 2018

Michael Duff’s development side secured their second win in three games this afternoon, with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Dan Agyei opened the scoring with 24 minutes gone, before Olatunde Bayode doubled the Clarets’ lead with 15 minutes to go. A late goal from Palace’s Levi Lumeka was not enough for the away side, as Burnley secured all three points at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Striker Matej Vydra also completed 60 minutes on his road to full-fitness.

The Clarets came close early on, Agyei’s effort from just outside the box was well saved by Joe Tupper in the Palace goal.

Duff’s side then had another chance shortly after, Olatunde Bayode rifled an effort from 25 yards out which rattled the cross-bar.

However, Burnley did break the dead-lock with 24 minutes played. Mace Goodridge broke into the area, before squaring to Agyei who tapped home from close range.

The home side then came close to adding a second, Christian N’Guessan teed up Agyei just outside the box, who blazed an effort just over Tupper’s bar.

Burnley enjoyed much of the ball throughout the first half, Vydra had an opportunity before the break to grab a second for the Clarets. His close-range strike was excellently tipped wide by Tupper to keep the score at 1-0.

Palace’s best chance of the half came just before half-time, TQ Addy poked the ball just wide from Levi Lumeka’s pass.

The hosts were close to a second ten minutes into the second period, Dwight McNeil’s fierce strike from range was tipped just over the bar.

Burnley trio Massanka, Glennon and Harker were introduced on the hour mark and it was Harker who came close for the Clarets minutes after coming on, his towering header at the back post sailed just over the bar.

However, the home side added a second with 15 minutes to go. Bayode headed home at the back post to double the Clarets' lead.

The away side did pull one back with ten minutes to go, Lumeka slammed the ball home from close range following a corner.

Duff was pleased to see his side bounce-back from last week's defeat, although there were similarities to the game at the Ricoh. 

“I thought it was a similar performance to last week to be honest, I thought the first half we were excellent. We should have scored more than one in the first half, we created a lot of chances and played some really good football as well”.

“The shape was really good, the way we moved and passed it was spot on, but then the second half they came out and had a go similar to last week at Coventry, although we were a little bit more resilient this time and we looked to go on and kill the game. That was the pleasing part, that we went onto to get the second goal and see the game out after conceding a poor goal late on” said Duff.

Legzdins, Clarke, Perkins, Cook, Koiki, McNeil (Glennon 60), Goodridge, N’Guessan, Bayode, Agyei (Massanka 60), Vydra (Harker 60).

Unused subs; McMahon, Blair.

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