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Burnley 1 Real Sociedad 1

5 August 2016

Andre Gray ended pre-season as he started by maintaining Burnley’s unbeaten run against a confident Real Sociedad outfit.

The Clarets striker had scored in every warm-up game after opening his tally against Stade Nyonnais in the opening warm up game.

And his late equaliser to cancel out Raul Navas’s first half header continued his sequence of scoring in every game as he made it a stunning nine goals in six games.

Gray pounced to rifle home the leveller just as the La Liga looked to have seen out the game after a dominant second half performance.

And as the challenge of the Premier League looms this was a timely lesson in patience for Sean Dyche’s side, against a team always looking to dominate possession.

There was a first Turf Moor start for summer signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who linked up immediately with Matt Lowton down the right in a bright start.

And following a deep Lowton cross cleared for a corner, Ben Mee bulleted a free header just over the bar.

Andre Gray, looking to extend his 100% scoring record in pre-season, was then denied by a last ditch tackle as he tried to tee things up onto his right foot.

Tom Heaton had to be alert to parry away a snapshot from Oyarzabal from the visitors’ first foray forward on the quarter hour mark.

And on the half hour, Real took the lead from a simple free kick, as Navas rose unchallenged to plant a far post header back across Heaton and into the bottom corner.

Michael Keane was a whisker away from levelling immediately, seeing a defender’s boot at the far post deflect the ball over from point blank range after Sam Vokes had flicked on a corner.

The second half began in the same vein as the first, with Danny Lafferty just off target with a well drilled volley from just outside the box.

But gradually, the Spaniards got into their groove and as they forced errors there was a big let-off for the Clarets, when Mee’s misplaced pass across the area fell to Sanz, who blazed over with the goal at his mercy.

And when the Spaniards again won possession, by squeezing David Jones, the move ended with Heaton chasing down the ball in his own area as Bautista hit the outside of the post.

Burnley just could not find the passage of play to open up the visitors’ defence.

And Real were happy to set the tempo and take the sting out the game as the clock ticked down, until Gray cut inside to find the corner with a sublime finish.

Burnley: Heaton; Lafferty, Mee, Keane, Lowton; Gudmundsson (Boyd 61), Marney (Ulvestad 83), Jones, Arfield; Gray, Vokes (Jutkiewicz 83).
Subs: Pope, Robinson, Darikwa, Tarkowski, O'Neill, Kightly, Hennings, C. Long, K. Long.

Att: 6,522

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