Clarets strikers go goal crazy in Austria
The strikers hit the ground running as Burnley opened up pre-season with a resounding 8-0 victory against Austrian part-timers Grossklein.
Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz both scored twice on their unofficial debuts after Ashley Barnes’ early brace had opened the floodgates.
Scott Arfield also joined the party with a sublime second half volley and there was a first senior goal for Jason Gilchrist to round off the week-long training trip in style.
The Clarets opponents ply their trade in the Ober League; the fifth division in Austria.
And their squad to face the Premier League newcomers had the addition of five players from the beautiful South Styria region.
They were, however, no match for the super-fit and clinical Clarets.
Sean Dyche had stated his intention to give all his squad a run out in the first pre-season friendly.
Cameron Dummigan and Steven Hewitt both started down the left, with Jason Gilchrist on the right and Matty Taylor the only summer signing to start, alongside David Jones in central midfield.
And the Clarets started well, with Barnes finding the target, only to be ruled out as he has returned from an offside position and strike partner Danny Ings firing over on the volley following a 50-yard delivery from Kieran Trippier.
But it took just 10 minutes for the breakthrough to come. Hewitt swung over a perfect delivery from the left and after Ings got a touch, Barnes made no mistake from point-blank range.
The former Austrian U20 striker almost had a second moments later, as he latched onto Ings’ clever looped pass and lobbed the ball over the stranded keeper and just wide.
Grossklein were on the back foot throughout and in the 20th minute a sublime goal doubled the Clarets lead.
Ings took the ball down superbly in the right channel and instantly turned inside to feed Gilchrist, who in turn squared across the box for the unmarked Barnes to rifle home.
That was the striker’s last impact as he was replaced on the half hour by Sordell, who almost made an immediate impact with a surging run into the box.
However, the striker did not have to wait long to open his account.
Grossklein had just hit the bar through a Tschermanek header when Burnley cleared upfield and a mis-kicked clearance from goalkeeper Thomas Stelzl fell straight to Hewitt.
He duly rolled the ball to the unmarked Sordell, who exacted the ultimate punishment with a confident, slotted finish.
As expected, wholesale changes were made at the break - seven in total - including a debut for summer signings Jutkiewicz and Matt Gilks in goal.
And the striker, who linked-up the Clarets in Austria earlier in the week after sealing a deal from Middlesbrough, was close to adding a fourth 10 minutes into the half with a drive deflected just over.
From the resulting corner, Scott Arfield saw his low daisy-cutter well saved by Stelzl.
The Austrian was now working overtime and, after denying Ross Wallace, he made a further excellent save just before the hour to deny Jutkiewicz as he raced clear.
But the Clarets striker was not to be denied and after being sent through by the excellent Hewitt, Jutkiewicz comfortably rounded Stelzl to slot home his first in Burnley colours.
And within two minutes, Arfield added his name to the scoresheet with a sublime volley from Wallace’s right wing delivery to the edge of the box.
Twenty minutes from time it was 6-0 when the ever-alert Jutkiewicz rose highest to head home Wallace’s right wing corner.
Sordell rounded off an impressive personal display with his second with seven minutes remaining as he turned home Cameron Dummigan’s perfect low delivery form the right touchline.
And there was just time for Gilchrist to rifle home the eighth in the final minute as the Clarets showed no mercy to their Austrian hosts.
BURNLEY: First half: Cisak, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Dummigan, Jones, Taylor, Hewitt, Gilchrist, Barnes (Sordell 29), Ings.
Second half: Gilks, Trippier (Dummigan 61), Long, Anderson, Mee, Wallace, Taylor (Gilchrist 65), Arfield, Hewitt, Sordell, Jutkiewicz