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Gudmundsson Scores on Return

21 December 2016

Johann Berg Gudmundsson marked his return from injury with a goal as the Clarets beat Preston 3-0 in a behind-closed-doors game at the Barnfield Training Centre.

James Tarkowski and Michael Kightly were also on target as Burnley boss Sean Dyche gave several of his senior players a run-out ahead of the Christmas schedule.

Patrick Bamford steered an early chance wide but Burnley went ahead when Tarkowski steered in an excellent cross from Gudmundsson.

The Iceland international – out of action since picking up a hamstring injury in the Clarets’ defeat to Manchester City at the end of November – then got his goal when he picked up the ball just outside the area before curling a terrific shot inside the far post to make it 2-0.

Steven Defour enjoyed a 90-minute run-out, alongside many of his first team colleagues.

Burnley were cruising and playing some nice football in front of the watching Dyche with Defour denied a third by the North End keeper and Bamford also going close after being played in by a smart back-heel from Aiden O’Neil, playing just behind the on-loan Chelsea man.

But Michael Jolley’s 'Development' line-up did add to their lead when Tendayi Darikwa launched an excellent run down the left before teeing up Kightly, who slotted home from just inside the box.

Preston made a brighter start to the second half as they briefly threatened Nick Pope's goal but Defour got Burnley back on the front foot when he beat two men and shot just over the bar.

Bamford then set up Kightly for another chance, which the winger fired just wide, before Bamford had a late penalty shout turned down after being played in by Jon Flanagan as the Clarets’ completed a positive run-out.

Burnley: Pope, Flanagan, Tarkowski, Long, Darikwa, Defour, Trialist, Gudmundsson, Kightly, O’Neil (Thomas 75), Bamford.
Subs: Mitchell, Birch, Dunne, Jackson.

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