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Jutkiewicz Steps Up Comeback

12 April 2016

Lukas Jutkiewicz played a further 65 minutes on his return to fitness as the Development Squad beat League One side Port Vale 1-0.

The forward edged closer to a return in just his second game back from injury at a rain sodden Barnfield Training Centre.

The Clarets had two trialists featuring, a defender and a midfielder, with the latter scoring the solitary goal in the training match.

Visitors Vale had five first-team squad members featuring in the game, and the young Burnley side almost found themselves a goal down early on.

A Vale cross from the right found Achille Campion at the edge of the box, but the French forward saw his shot creep inches wide of the far post.

Development Squad captain Aiden O’Neill then came close 10 minutes later, with his 25-yard strike skimming the woodwork.

Jutkiewicz, 27, was a handful for the Vale defence, and the forward should have marked his return with a goal.

A miss-kick from Vale’s goalkeeper found Jutkiewicz, who only had the stopper to beat, but the former Middlesbrough striker saw his deft effort parried over the crossbar.

Khius Metz, who was recently offered new terms, then wonderfully flicked-on to his strike partner Jutkiewicz and the towering striker saw his powerful strike whistle over the crossbar.

And a minute before making way, Jutkiewicz ended his afternoon with an assist!

His chip to the far post was met by Burnley’s midfield trialist, who nodded the Clarets into the lead 25 minutes from time.

Jutkiewicz was replaced by striker Ntumba Massanka, and the former York City loanee almost made an instant impact.

A ball over the top found Massanka - who was playing-off the shoulder and with the just the goalkeeper to beat, a brilliant save denied the youngster extending the advantage.

Burnley: Mitchell (Nizic 45); Birch, Olomowewe, Trialist, Hill; Jackson, O’Neill, Yao, Trialist (Howarth 80); Metz (Wood 80), Jutkiewicz (Massanka 65)

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