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Report: Etoile Carouge 1-2 Burnley

10 July 2015

Clarets record first pre-season victory against Swiss opponents

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and George Boyd gave the Clarets the perfect start to pre-season as they saw off Etoile Carouge with a 2-1win.

Jutkiewicz opened the scoring after sixteen minutes when he netted from close range after Matt Taylor had seen his shot parried.

And Boyd added a second with a precise low drive from the edge of the box following a well-worked set piece that involved Scott Arfield and Michael Kightly.

Carouge forward Florian Dupont halved the arrears with a late penalty, but it was not enough to get the Swiss Third Division side a result.

Sean Dyche had stated his intention to give all his squad valuable game time in the friendly at Stade de la Fontenette.

Youngsters Cameron Dummigan, Steven Hewitt and Tom Anderson all started, as new signing Matthew Lowton was named amongst the substitutes in the Swiss sunshine. Marvin Sordell partnered Jutkiewicz upfront.

Skipper Jason Shackell was ruled out with a calf problem that had kept him from full training earlier in the day.

The Clarets started the brighter, with Michael Kightly curling one narrowly over from the edge of the box as Dyche’s men looked for an early advantage.

Abdul Carrupt found space on the on the edge of the box, and turned, before firing a right-footed effort over Heaton’s bar.

Moments later, it was the Clarets turn to attack once more. A neat interchange between Kightly and Dummigan down the right saw the former feed Sordell who forced a corner.

Matt Taylor sent in an inswinging delivery, but Anderson couldn’t direct his header on target.

Kightly was again involved in the 12th minute, when he beat his man and sent a cross in towards Taylor at the far post, but having rose above his man the header looped over the crossbar.

But the breakthrough came on sixteen minutes. Taylor cut inside and saw his curled left-foot effort parried out, but after the defender tried to clear, Jutkiewicz was on hand to tap the ball home.

The hosts were on the back foot for the majority of the first half and Burnley nearly doubled their lead after 25 minutes.

Kightly took advantage of a loose pass in midfield, drove into space and played in Jutkiewicz who saw his powerful drive sting the gloves of the Carouge keeper. Tom Anderson headed over the resulting corner.

Clear cut chances were few and far between towards the end of the half. England international Heaton forced into a comfortable save from Alexandre Valente before Dummigan sent in a beautiful cross to the far post from deep, but Sordell could only nod wide.

As anticipated the break saw wholesale changes – nine in total - as the boss looked to give everyone valuable game time.

Matthew Lowton replaced Dummigan for his unofficial Clarets debut and Vokes replaced the goalscorer Jutkiewicz in attack.

And despite a number of changes, the Clarets continued the momentum built in the first period as they seeked to double the advantage.

On 48 minutes they came close to doing just that. Kightly burst down the left and delivered a low cross for Vokes in the middle, but his right-footed strike was well wide.

Minutes later and Scott Arfield won a free-kick after his run was halted by a high boot.

From the resulting set-piece, Kightly and Arfield set the ball to Boyd, who arrowed a powerful low drive beyond the keeper’s grasp to make it 2-0.

Twenty minutes from time Matt Lowton sent in a free-kick from the right which eventually fell to Lafferty, but his volley was always rising and didn’t trouble David Gonzalez in the Carouge goal.

Carouge had a chance to halve the deficit on 76 minutes but Florian Dupont sliced his strike wide after he was afforded space down the right.

Moments later they were awarded a penalty after Fernandez was felled by Gilks’ outstretched arm as he looked the round the Scotland international.

Dupont made up for his earlier miss by stepping up and sending Gilks the wrong way with his spot kick to give Thierry Cotting’s men hope of a result.

But the Clarets held out to record their first victory of pre-season.

Burnley first-half XI: Heaton; Dummigan, Anderson, Duff; Lafferty; Kightly, Hewitt, Jones, Taylor; Jutkiewicz, Sordell

Burnley second-half XI: Gilks; Lowton, O’Neill, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Ulvestad, Boyd, Kightly; Vokes, Sordell

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