Austin on target twice in Turf Moor victoryCHARLIE Austin was back in the goalscoring groove as the Clarets ended their pre-season preparations with a comfortable Turf Moor victory over Sparta Rotterdam.
The striker left his best until last in the warm-up games, scoring the Clarets first and last goals after the Dutch visitors had taken a shock early lead.
And with strike partner Danny Ings again on target for his fifth goal in four games and Dean Marney adding his second goal of pre-season, there was plenty for manager Sean Dyche to be enthused about ahead of the big kick off next weekend.
The Clarets were unchanged from the midweek victory at Tranmere, but found themselves behind almost immediately in a whirlwind start to the game.
Sparta striker Johan Voskamp looked suspiciously offside as he pounced on a slide rule pass, but coolly beat Tom Heaton with an angled effort across the keeper and inside the far post.
However, two minutes later the Clarets were level as Austin kick-started his season.
Danny Lafferty picked out last-season’s 28-goal striker with a peach of a left wing delivery and Austin rose highest to plant a header into the corner of the goal from eight yards.
Austin should have been celebrating his second within a minute as he sprinted clear of the Dutch defence, but fired wide with the outside of his foot.
And after Austin again pulled a shot wide, Ings came close to firing the Clarets ahead with a shot on the turn that was deflected wide.
In-form Ings then turned provide in the 17th minute, cutting into the box on the right and drilling the ball across the area to Junior Stanislas, whose attempted curler was headed off the line.
And Stanislas was involved in the goal that put the Clarets ahead midway through the half. The winger returned Austin’s chested pass from Kieran Trippier’s cross back into the path of the striker - and from his resulting cross Marney rifled the ball home from six yards.
And in the 24th minute, the Clarets extended their lead with a fine team goal.
Stanislas fed Jones, who in turn released Ings on the left side of the area and following a quick one-two with Austin on the edge of the box, Ings caressed home his fifth goal of pre-season.
Burnley were now cutting through their opponents at will, with Austin and Ings looking predatory from every attack as Stanislas and Trippier raided both flanks.
And from the umpteenth attack down the right - following good work from David Jones and Wallace - Trippier’s firm, low cross was stabbed wide at the near post by the inrushing Ings.
The half time brought respite for the visitors, while the Clarets made just the one substitution as Keith Treacy replaced Wallace in a straight swap, the latter complaining of feeling unwell.
But there was little in the way of goalmouth action for the crowd to cheer as a more sedate pace became inevitable in the heat and humidity.
However, following a lull in proceedings, Austin was again Johnny on the spot in the 72nd minute to double his tally.
Jones’ spin and shot following good work from Stanislas found the striker loitering with intent in the centre of goal, and he dispatched past keeper Khalid Sinouh with a first time shot on the turn.
Austin then thought he had a hat-trick when Stanislas found him with a left wing cross, only for the header to be ruled out for offside.
But he was legitimately inches away moments later when his header from Trippier’s delivery bounced just wide with Sinouh scrambling.
And that meant the Clarets had to settle for just the four goals to round off their pre-season with four successive victories, ahead of Bolton’s eagerly-anticipated arrival at Turf Moor on August 3.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Shackell, Wallace (Treacy 46), Marney (Stock 82), Stanislas (Arfield 82), Ings, Jones, Austin, Long
Subs: Cisak, Vokes, Edgar, Mills, Coleman, Noble
SPARTA (starting): Sinouh, Nys, Luirink, Van Berkel, Misidjan, de Nooijer, Bel Hassani, Bruinier, Voskamp, El Hassnaoui, Deekman
Subs: Kortsmit, Kieboom, Slijngard, Gielisse, van Boxel, Peeters, Nieuwendaal, Bilate, Van Hout, Langedijk
Ref: J Moss