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Fleetwood 0 Burnley 2

28 July 2015

Burnley ensured lightening wouldn’t strike twice as they cruised to victory at Fleetwood.

The Clarets romped to a two-goal lead by half time through Stephen Ward’s first for the club and a Marvin Sordell penalty.

But unlike the weekend game at Chesterfield, which saw the hosts roar back to snatch a late win, there would be no repeat as Sean Dyche’s men, marshalled superbly by new central defensive pairing Ben Mee and Michael Keane, bolted the back door.

And in the end, the visitors could have won more emphatically in a stern test against former Claret Graham Alexander’s League One side.

Mee captained the Clarets, while striker Jelle Vossen started his second game since arriving in the summer from Genk.

Sordell partnered the Belgian in attack, with Sam Vokes returning on the bench and David Jones missing out through injury.

As a result, Matt Taylor slotted into central midfield alongside Scott Arfield. And it was from a Taylor misplaced pass that Jimmy Ryan had the first effort of the night with a shot from distance, which Tom Heaton was equal to.

But it was Burnley who struck first in the 14th minute. Sordell’s clever reverse pass from Michael Kightly’s ball infield found Ward in space in the box - and despite seeing his first effort parried by Chris Maxwell, the overlapping left back converted at the second attempt from a tight angle.

And midway through the half, Sordell was inches away from opening his pre-season account, seeing his curler from distance deflected just wide with Maxwell well beaten.

From the resulting corner, the Town keeper needed to be alert at Taylor found his range, again from distance.

But as the spell of pressure continued, the Clarets doubled their lead in the 26th minute. Sordell had his heels clipped as he spun in the box and the striker effortlessly sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

Antoni Sarcevic almost conjured up a wonder strike to halve the deficit on the half hour, rounding Tom Heaton after the keeper had advanced towards the corner flag, and firing across an unguarded goal.

The Clarets made two changed at the break, as Vokes and Cameron Dummigan replaced Vossen and Matt Lowton.

And after continuing to restrict Town to scraps, two more substitutions provided fresh legs on the hour mark.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Fredrik Ulvestad replaced Sordell and the tireless George Boyd.

And Jutkiewicz, already with three goals to his name in pre-season, came close to adding another when he pounced on Vokes’ cushioned header, but could only fire at the keeper on the turn.

Kightly soon tested Maxwell with a low, angled drive, as Burnley continued to dominate possession and pass the ball with real purpose.

But there would be no more clear-cut openings as Burnley ended their pre-season on the road with a comfortable win.

BURNLEY: Heaton; Lowton (Dummigan 46), Keane, Mee (Anderson 84), Ward; Boyd (Ulvestad 60), Arfield (Lafferty 74), Taylor (Jackson 81), Kightly; Sordell (Jutkiewicz 60), Vossen (Vokes 46)
Subs: Gilks, Duff.

Booked: Kightly 44, Ward 80

FLEETWOOD: Maxwell, Forbes, Andrew, Della-Verde, Jordan, McLaughlin, Sarcevic, Ryan, Proctor, McManus, Bell.
Subs: Sowerby, Houghton, Wright, Sanogo, Cartwright, Grant, Matt

Ref: D Coote

Att: 3704 (1,281)

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