Boss pleased with competition for places
Boss Sean Dyche was delighted with the performance of his ‘squad men’ as they laid down a marker for first-team inclusion with a 2-0 friendly win at Huddersfield Town.
Luke O’Neill and Sam Vokes were on target as a strong Burnley side made the most of an outing at the John Smith’s Stadium.
And with Saturday’s visit of Watford and the up-coming Christmas schedule in mind, Dyche couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
“It was a proper game in a proper stadium which always adds an extra edge to what you need,” said the Clarets’ chief.
“There are players who need to be sharp. With the Christmas period coming we want to make sure everyone has had games and game-time and of course there are places up for grabs.
“We have a couple suspended and we want competition. We want players to have real competition and the only way of doing that is to have them fit and ready and today was a really useful exercise, particularly as it’s difficult at the moment getting on grass with the ice.
“Thankfully they have undersoil heating here and it went ahead as planned.”
David Edgar (above) will be one of those challenging for starting spot against Watford and the defender enjoyed a near flawless 90 minutes against a Huddersfield side which started with a handful of senior players in their ranks.
Vokes also caught the eye and deserved his goal, while Marvin Bartley, Danny Ings, Junior Stanislas and Keith Treacy will all have given Dyche food for thought with a midfield slot to fill against the Hornets.
“If people don’t show a good attitude they won’t be tolerated and they know that. That’s not a threat, it’s just the way it is, and they have delivered again today,” Dyche added.
“They delivered a couple of weeks ago in a game against Rochdale and they have done the same again.
“There have been some very good performances and that’s fantastic for me as a manager and for the staff because it shows us that people want to get a Burnley shirt on and play.
“To be fair to the lads they have come to understand we take everything we do very seriously.
“We want them to play with a smile on their face and we want them to enjoy it but there is a serious side to it, so they know in these games we are here for a reason.
“We changed the training times today to make sure we are here and I think they understand that we value what they are doing.
“We mean business in everything we do and they understand that. Now it’s about challenging for first-team slots and getting wins.
“There are a lot of good things going on and that’s another message about that with how they have gone about that performance today.”