Sean Dyche on tonight's pre-season friendly in Southern Ireland
Sean Dyche hopes to round off a successful pre-season training trip with a solid performance against hosts Cork City this evening.
Burnley’s six-day trip to the Emerald Isle comes to a climax with the friendly against Cork City at Turner’s Cross (7pm kick off).
Cork will be streaming live audio commentary of the game live tonight at the link below.
And the Clarets boss is hoping his squad build on last week’s friendly at Morecambe against the Airtricity League team, who are midway through their own league campaign.
The gaffer told Clarets Player: “We have been really well looked after here in Ireland and the people have been so receptive.
“We are just looking forward to the game now.
“It’s another step in our development through the pre-season programme and we will try to utilise the personnel, so there will be quite a few changes and probably a few players getting more pitch time.
“First things first though, the plan is still to get everyone through pre-season injury free.
“Obviously it’s not that easy because we still want the lads to play hard in games to get themselves ready for when the action really starts.”
Cork, who currently sit seventh in the Irish League, host the Clarets either side of last week’s 6-2 defeat to West Ham United and the upcoming visit of Glasgow Celtic and West Bromwich Albion.
And Dyche expects a tough test from a team with 20 games under their belt in the current campaign.
He added: “It will be good for Cork too, I would imagine. They have just played West Ham and went hard against them and Tommy Dunne (Cork manager) will be looking to see how they can build through their season.
“They are well into theirs and I am sure they will be fit and wanting to do well, so the quality of the opponent will be of interest and we expect it to be a good challenge.”
Around 200 Burnley fans could make the trip to Cork, with the added bonus of a free pint from co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz ahead of the game at the Beer Garden in Evergreen Road, just a few minutes’ walk from Turners Cross Stadium.
And Dyche, who hopes to make an appearance at the pub himself ahead of kick off, explained that Cork was a sensible choice for the pre-season tour – for players and fans.
He said: “When I discussed with the Board about going away, my idea was to go somewhere that was relatively easy for fans to get to.
“I appreciate it’s still over the water, but it’s not a far-flung place. Cork is a beautiful place and the weather is fantastic, which we couldn’t have planned for.
“So hopefully it will be a nice little event and a good finish to a good tour with a good performance and everyone enjoying themselves.”
The official website will carry a match report from Cork later tonight, along with Clarets Player reaction from Dyche and pictures of the game from Andy Ford.