Clarets boss Sean Dyche hailed a “dominant display” as Burnley beat Blackpool 1-0 in the clash at Bloomfield Road.
A solitary Marvin Sordell goal was enough to secure victory in what was another valuable workout for Dyche’s men.
The troubled Tangerines put out a side that was littered with trialists as they continue in their preparations for their opener next weekend against Nottingham Forest, and Dyche empathised with the position the manager Jose Riga was in.
He said: “To be fair to Jose, he has had to try and mould a team together very quickly. Players have come in this week.
“I have empathy for him as I’ve also had to work with limited resources and squads, not to that extent I must add.
“I didn’t expect them to come out all guns blazing and it’s fair to say that they were on the back foot rather than the front foot.
“We dominated with the ball but then you have to open teams up and make chances to score goals.
“It took its time, but I think it’s fair to say we were pretty dominant.
“We showed good habits again and came away worthy winners.
“We’ll have to come up against different formations this season and today was a challenge away from home.
“I don’t think for one minute that people will be scared of Burnley Football Club but what I am suggesting is that away from home, teams may sit off us.
“So it is important our players feel that challenge and they did that today.”
New signing Steven Reid made his first appearance for the club and Ashley Barnes also returned to the fold following his injury as the Clarets camp all got precious minutes under their belt.
And while Dyche is delighted at the quality in his squad at present, he made it clear that he is still actively trying to add to his numbers ahead of the Premier League opener in two weeks time.
Dyche added: “The challenge is still the numbers game. We are still short on numbers and whereas in the Championship we all know you can go out and activate the loan system, in the Premier League you can’t so we definitely need more bodies in.
“I must make it clear that I believe in the group and it’s not about replacing them.
“We still want to support the group with more players and we are active in the market in an attempt to do that.
“It’s a little bit frustrating that things haven’t quite got there but they are building as we speak and we are hopeful.
“It’s not easy because we are not the leading side in transfer budgets that is for sure.
“You can imagine the challenge of the Premier League have run away with us over the last four or five years since the last time this club were in the top-flight.
“They are obvious challenges but we know the players we can affect and those that we can’t and we are concentrating on those we feel we can get in the building to support and challenge the group.”