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Tarkowski Reflects On Bradford Workout

25 July 2016

James Tarkowski hailed the Clarets’ mixed football after their latest pre-season outing against Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Andre Gray’s double-salvo, a Ben Mee header and Michael Kightly’s late finish secured a 4-1 victory against Stuart McCall’s men.

And Tarkowski, who replaced Mee on 73 minutes, was happy to get more minutes under his belt as preparations continue ahead of the opening day against Swansea City.

He said: “It was good. I didn’t get as many minutes as the other lads but everyone is sharing the minutes at the moment to get the fitness in and it was a good performance.

“In the first-half especially I thought we looked very good and got some good goals but the most important thing is getting those minutes in your body.

“It’s what the gaffer asks of us that mixed football, we don’t overplay or lump it in the channels or up to the big man.

“We switch it up as much as we can and I think people will have seen that on Saturday. We scored different types of goals, one from a set piece and some nice play.”

The 23-year-old defender made four appearances last season after arriving in January, largely owing to the established centre-back partnership of Mee and Michael Keane.

But the former Brentford man says he is doing all he can to put himself in manager Sean Dyche’s thinking for a starting berth.

“The pair of them did very well last year and I can’t expect to just roll into the team. I’m working as hard as I can and doing everything I can to impress the manager to get my chance.

“It’s good to be around a team that is in the Premier League and pushing for what is hopefully going to be an enjoyable season.”

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