Sean Dyche feels his side are morphing back into a side ready to take on the rigors of a long Championship season.
The Clarets cruised to a 2-0 victory at Fleetwood through first half goals from Stephen Ward and Marvin Sordell.
Marvin Sordell scores from the spot
And Dyche was delighted at the progress, as his players displayed more of the qualities that will be needed when the league season kicks off in just 11 days’ time.
He said: “That was more what we are about in terms of the energy, the work ethic of the players, the pressing and the shape.
“All of those things are starting to come back, even with the changes we made.
“I’m really pleased about that because it is a squad game; never more so than in the Championship.
“I’m well aware that if we make changes, they all need to know their roles and responsibilities and there was a shift towards that tonight.
Stephen Ward nets the first
“There’s still more work to do and there’s still players we are interested in bringing in to support and challenge this group and take it forward.
“But this group are beginning to morph back into the team that we think it’s appropriate. At the moment, you can see the group getting stronger and fitter and stronger and overall I think we were comfortable winners tonight.”
The victory followed another stern test at Chesterfield last weekend, when the Spierites came from two goals down to claim victory.
Dyche explained: “When we played League One sides two years ago, we thought the challenge was very high.
“These are teams that work very hard to push you and take a scalp if you like. We’ve become a bigger scalp through what’s happened recently, so that was a big thought behind my planning. I told my staff I want to play hungry teams who want to turn you over and we’ve had that.”