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Blackpool 0 Burnley 1

2 August 2014

MARVIN Sordell struck midway through the second half to ensure the Clarets picked up their third win of pre-season at troubled Blackpool.

The Seasiders, with nine trialists in their matchday squad, were playing only their second warm-up game as they continue to try and assemble a squad with just a week to go before the Championship season begins.

And the hosts were no match for the organised Clarets, whose dominance of the contest was rewarded when summer signing Sordell scored his third goal in four games to cap a hard-working individual display.

There was also the boost of a first start for new arrival Steven Reid, who slotted in at left back, while Ashley Barnes returned to the starting line-up for the first time since Austria to partner Sordell in attack.

And Sordell was instrumental in the move that almost put the Clarets ahead inside five minutes.

The former Bolton striker advanced down the right channel and squared across the edge of the area foe Dean Marney to rattle the bar with a first time effort.

Sordell was next to try his luck from 25 yards, following good hold-up play from Barnes, but this time his curling right-foot effort was just off target.

Blackpool, starting with two trialists, including a goalkeeper, and with seven more on the bench, were almost content to try and hit Burnley on the break in a somewhat sedate contest on a sticky surface.

But on several occasions Alec Cisak needed to be alert as he patrolled the area to clear dangerous through balls behind the Clarets’ back line.

However, the visitors continued to carve out the better openings and from a half-cleared long throw from Reid moments before the break, Barnes did well to control before flashing a shot across goal and just wide.

With just two outfield changes at the break, settled Burnley again came out of the blocks fastest, with Ross Wallace twice forcing saves from the trialist keeper.

Arfield then stung the Tangerines’ stopper’s gloves with a rising drive as the Clarets continued to step up the pace.

The introduction of Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier for Barnes and Reid just after the hour looked to build on that dominance.

And it was from a deep Trippier cross that Burnley finally made the breakthrough 22 minutes from time.

Danny Lafferty nodded the ball back into the danger zone and after a touch from Marney, Sordell slammed home the loose ball from eight yards to give Burnley the victory they merited.

BURNLEY: Cisak (Gilks 46), Lafferty (O’Neill 73), Shackell (Duff 46), Long. Reid (Trippier 65), Wallace (Gilchrist 82), Marney (Hewitt 73), Jones (Mee 62), Taylor (Arfield 46), Barnes (Ings 65), Sordell (Jutkiewicz 68).
Subs: Anderson

BLACKPOOL (starting): Trialist, McMahon, Trialist, Perkins, Clarke, Daniels, Zenjov, Mellis, Delfouneso, Orlandi, Cywka.
Subs: Dunne, Waddington, Telford, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist

Ref: Graham Salisbury

Att: 2,389

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