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Dyche On Celta Vigo Draw

5 August 2014

Sean Dyche believes the Clarets faced their toughest pre-season opponents to date as his side drew 2-2 with La Liga side Celta Vigo.

A brace from Lukas Jutkiewicz was twice cancelled out by goals from Alex Lopez and Nolito as Eduardo Berizzo’s side earned a third draw in three games on their tour of England.

And having faced the Spanish side, who finished ninth in the 2013/14 campaign, Dyche was pleased with how his team equipped themselves.

He said: “We’re delighted with the work out we have had tonight, with all due respect to our previous opponents in pre-season, technically they’re a good group we played against tonight.

“That is why we wanted that game of course and we’ve got another test on Saturday.

“We felt we gave a very good account of ourselves first half, and we showed those good habits again and opened them up.

“Arguably, we should have been two to the good instead of just the one but there was a nice feel about it.

“They changed 10 players at half-time and that had an effect in the first 20 minutes.

“I thought they were very good and we made some poor decisions and got on the back foot instead of the front foot.

“But typically with us, we know the belief we’ve got, and the way the players work and that they can bring quality and we bounced straight back with a fantastic goal from Lukas.

“By the end of the game we were on the front foot again and we were still taking the game to them which is how we want to go about our business.”

That Jutkiewicz double-salvo made it five goals in as many pre-season games for the former Boro man and his partnership with Ashley Barnes was a prominent feature of a solid display.

Ross Wallace fed ‘The Juke’ for the opening goal inside five minutes, before late in the second-half, Ashley Barnes endeavour to beat his man down the left paid dividends.

The striker fired the ball across the face of goal for Jutkiewicz to tap home and the 25-year-old’s performance was yet another pleasing aspect of a productive evening.

Dyche added: “I thought Lukas’ first goal was an excellent finish after he showed good strength to shrug off his man.

“We know he is very powerful and then he had the calmness to slot it past the keeper.

“The second one comes from some fantastic play from Ashley Barnes and he puts a great ball across the box and Lukas is in the right place which is where you want your strikers to be.”

One of the notable absentees was Clarets striker Danny Ings but Dyche was quick to allay fans fears over the prolific frontman.

“He’s not going anywhere, he just had a knock and we had to be careful with it. We have to make sure at this stage of the season as it is vital the players come through it.

“Everyone knows there was a few knocks in the early part of the game programme and we had to leave people out to make sure they’re fit and well for when it really matters.”

To watch Sean Dyche’s full post-match interview after the Celta Vigo game, look out for the exclusive video on Clarets Player HERE.

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