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Dyche Happy With Fitness Levels Following Reds' Defeat

18 July 2015

Sean Dyche was delighted to get more fitness in the tanks as the Clarets went down 4-2 at Accrington Stanley.

The Clarets endured a whirlwind start from the hosts, who led 3-0 after just 10 minutes before Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jelle Vossen, on his non-competitive debut, reduced the arrears.

A late Stanley goal sealed a victory for the hosts in the friendly, which doubled as a testimonial for reds boss John Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell.

Dyche told Clarets Player: “To all intents and purposes it was a fitness exercise, as well as a good day for John.

“I think our fans have been terrific turning out for him.

“Other than that it was purely about fitness. The lads have worked hard this week, so we are not expecting miracles out of them at this stage, that’s for sure.

"We had a young centre back (Tom Anderson) and a right back (Luke O’Neill) playing in at centre back in the first half and they will learn from that.

“But that’s a great reminder that you need to get your eye in and get their habits right. They weren’t for the first 10 or 15 but after that we came back into it and had chance after chance.

“But overall it really is fitness and if you look at the model of the day, the lads who played in each half were running afterwards to top up.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t want to play well and win. But you can’t just jump to the end product; there has to be building blocks.

“This first two weeks has been all about fitness and the demand has been high. From this week on, it’s fair to say we start brushing up on the tactical side and understanding, and formulating the team.

“A lot of the bulk fitness work is done and now it gets sharper and sharper as we build towards the season. But it’s three weeks away and we’ll be ready.”

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton (finger) and skipper Jason Shackell both sat out he first friendly on home soil. However, Dyche hopes to have both players, along with Michael Keane, fit for the trip to Scotland this week.

Burnley play Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday, followed by a behind-closed-doors friendly the following day.

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