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Heaton: It's Good To Be Back

6 August 2014

Clarets stopper Tom Heaton is delighted to be back in the fold after he played the entirety of Burnley’s 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo.

Heaton had missed the game in the Austria tour as well as the three local pre-season fixtures with a minor calf strain.

But having played a full 90 minutes against the La Liga side, Heaton believes is was an ideal workout in the penultimate preparation for the Chelsea opener.

He said: “It was nice to be back out there. It was a touch frustrating for a couple of weeks but obviously these things crop up.

“The injury was just a slight calf strain but you have to be careful with these things. It wasn’t anything serious but you don’t want to rush back too soon.

“But it was great to be back in the fold today and to be involved in what was a very good game.

 “I’m 100% now and I’ve been back in training for about a week so I’m really pleased.”

The Clarets dominated the first-half against their Spanish counterparts and lead 1-0 through Lukas Jutkiewicz going into the interval, but Sean Dyche’s opposite number made wholesale changes at the break.

And the introduction of a more experienced side, including Chilean World Cup star Fabian Orellana and Danish international Michael Krohn-Delhi saw the visitors up the tempo – something which Heaton feels was just what they needed.

Heaton added: “I think they came with a game plan.

“They were very physical and got amongst us which is great for us as that is what we want.

“Everyone was pleased that is was a well-competed game was really as you want that real test and we certainly got that.

“We had good chances first-half and then they came back at us in the second-half but it was a good workout.

“It did look a more experienced side in the second-half for them and they came at us a bit more and kept the ball.

“It was very good as you saw things you’re probably going to see this season from us, defending and attacking, transition when they turn over the ball and when we turn it over.

“The pace and the tempo was real and it wasn’t that sort of slow paced pre-season friendly which you don’t want to be involved in.”

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