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Clarets at double strength for friendlies

First-team squad split at Alfreton and Kidderminster to maximise fitness

21 July 2017

Sean Dyche plans to field two strong sides in Saturday’s away-day double-header as he looks to get his senior men swiftly up to speed.

The Clarets face a twin helping of National League North opposition in the shape of Alfreton Town and Kidderminster Harriers (kick-offs 3pm).

And both non-leaguers will face high-quality opposition as Dyche splits his resources down the middle.

The Burnley boss told Clarets Player HD: “We will break the group up to the two different games and we will be looking for more game-time for them.

“We recognise our main first-team squad. A few of the younger players will travel with us, but we are looking to get good minutes into the first-team players.”

After a gentle work-out at Shamrock Rovers last Friday night - when the Clarets won 4-0 at the end of their week-long training trip to Dublin – the intensity will be raised on Saturday, when fielding two different teams will allow Dyche to utilise more players for longer.

“What you always search for is to get minutes into the players,” added Dyche, who will lead the side at Alfreton.

“In most sports you can train for it, but the actual event is always the main thing, and that has a slightly different effect on the body and the mind, so you can never quite replace games.

Kidderminster Harriers



The Clarets have never played Kidderminster in a competitive fixture

"We just thought this year we would split the groups and try and get more minutes in one go, rather than that idea of 45s and 60s etc, which we normally do with a split where one group will start one game and the opposite group will start the next.

“This time we decided to get the 45 minutes into them in Dublin and then get back and split the group.

“Not all will get a total game but there will be a lot on Saturday – as long as it goes well – will get a 90-minutes.”

At Kidderminster, Burnley will face a side looking to go one better than last season’s play-off semi-final defeat to Chorley by making it back into the Conference National this time around under former Stoke and Derby midfielder John Eustace – who also spent part of his career playing under Dyche at Watford.

Harriers have also added former manager and Burnley assistant-boss Mark Yates to their staff as under-23s coach.

Alfreton, meanwhile, are re-building under the management of former Grimsby Town legend John McDermott.

The full-back, who played 754 games for the Mariners, joined Alfreton as manager in 2017 and has overseen the arrival of 15 new players this summer.

McDermott’s arrival followed a change of manager in February when Nicky Law ended a near 10-year spell in charge at the Impact Arena to move to Turf Moor as the Clarets’ head of recruitment for 17-23 years.

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