Gaffer reaction to Irish tour ends in victorySean Dyche felt that Cork City provided the perfect test for his players as the Clarets earned their first win of pre-season
The Burnley boss was delighted at the work ethic of his side as goals from Danny Ings, trialist Scott Arfield and Keith Treacy made sure the tour to Ireland ended in perfect fashion with a convincing 3-0 victory.
And with Charlie Austin back in Burnley colours and Danny Ings in sparkling form, Dyche admitted he was delighted at the night’s work.
He said: “As I suggested the results are nice, but it is mainly about people coming through unscathed and fit and getting back their real match sharpness
“I thought I saw some of that tonight. The fitness levels were good and we should be comfortable on the ball against this type of team.
“But they worked very hard and mad it difficult, so that was a good test for our lads and it was nice to see Charlie here of course.
“The fans were great with him and, as you could see from his performance, he is enjoying himself and he is fine.”
Dyche honoured a promise to Chairman John Banaszkiewicz ahead of the game by popping into a local Irish bar to mingle with the Clarets fans who made the trip to the Emerald Isle.
And he was delighted to send several hundred supporters home happy on the back of a solid team performance.
He added: “There were a good number of Burnley fans here and I popped into the pub earlier, where the Chairman was buying the pints!
“They all want to see a snapshot of how things are going and this is a beautiful place on a beautiful night.
“We wanted that winning mentality and it was great to send them home on that performance.
“There were a number of good performances. As a manager I am looking at the basics; the shape of the team and how they work for each other and I thought that was very evident tonight, no matter what changes we made.”
Dyche, who revealed that Junior Stanislas, Dean Marney and Ben Mee were all suffering from minor injuries – the latter sustained during Monday night’s game - also took the chance to give David Jones a 15-minute run-out following the former Wigan Athletic midfielder’s release from the JJB this summer.
He said: “David is with us for a bit and he is enjoying it. He has looked fit and well, so that looks an interesting one, as with Scott, who nicked a goal and has fitted in well with the group.
“We will see how they build because we want good people doing a job and there were good signs of that tonight.”