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Dyche Happy With Swiss Workout

16 July 2016

Sean Dyche was delighted as his squad came through their first pre-season challenge unscathed.

Fitness and no injuries were the priority in the friendly against FC Stade Nyonnais, to round off the week-long training trip in Evian.

Strikers Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes and defender Michael Keane were all on target in the first half against the Swiss part timers.

But Dyche, who played two different sides in each 45 minutes, was more delighted at getting fitness in the tank.

He said: “We had a good week here and wanted to finish it off with some good habits being reformed.

“There was a good feel about how we performed, we had some good habits and came through it unscathed, so it ticked all the boxes tonight.

“I thought they defended ever so well and I must have counted five or six incredible blocks, but the result is irrelevant at this stage. It’s more about the players getting fit.

“You have to use these games to get yourself fit. European teams play slightly differently, even at this level, so it’s just the things that add to getting ready.

“It’s only a small step this one, and there are bigger ones to come, but the essential thing is getting players ready for the season.”

Pictures kindly provided by Michael Perret

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