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Jutkiewicz: I'm Raring To Go

27 July 2015

Lukas Jutkiewicz says he is excited for the campaign ahead after netting in the pre-season friendly defeat at Chesterfield.

Jutkiewicz coverted Matt Lowton’s right-wing cross to give Burnley an early lead at the Proact Stadium in a bright opening.

Despite the Clarets ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline, the 26-year-old reaffirmed the notion that pre-season is primarily about getting match sharp.

“I’m excited for the new season and can’t wait to get started. We obviously want to bounce straight back.

“It’s key that everyone is out there putting a shift in and working hard for 90 minutes in order to be match sharp for that opening day.

“You look all over the country and see so called underdogs beating higher division teams in pre-season friendlies.

“That happens every year and it’s nothing new. We’re not accepting defeat in the changing room because we’re not happy to get beat in any game.

“But it is all about the fitness really and making sure we’re ready for Leeds.

“Every fan from any club will see freak results over pre-season and it’s not necessarily an indication of what’s going to happen in the season.”

Jutkiewicz lead the line admirably as lone striker against the Spireites before being replaced by Bradley Jackson in the 85th minute.

Sean Dyche’s striking options are currently limited due to absence of summer recruit Jelle Vossen, Sam Vokes and Marvin Sordell with minor knocks.

And while he is happy to get valuable minutes under his belt, Jutkiewicz hopes to have his fellow strikers back ahead of the Sky Bet Championship curtain-raiser against Leeds United.

“It isn’t ideal in terms of the whole squad because you want everyone to be as fit as possible so there is as much competition as you can get.

“But for myself, I want to play as many minutes as I can so I’m pleased to get a couple of 90 minutes in.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet no matter what the game is and it wasn’t an ideal result because you want to win every game you play in, but most importantly everyone got a good 90 minutes in.”

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