Sean Dyche was pleased after Burnley stepped up their pre-season a notch with a victory at Lancashire rivals Preston.
The Clarets won 2-1 at Deepdale thanks to goals in either half from Jon Walters and Sam Vokes’ toe-poke from a firm Kevin Long header.
And the Clarets boss was happy at the competitiveness of the game, ahead of a similar challenge this weekend at Nottingham Forest.
He said: “It’s a night that we wanted in the sense that we got game time in the legs and made sure injuries remain at a minimum.
“James (Tarkowski) missed out with a tight hip from the weekend and we have to be careful at this stage with minor knocks.
“We also split the teams last Saturday (at Alfreton and Kidderminster) and at Preston we brought them together again, and overall I was pleased.
“It got a bit disjointed at the end, but we’d made that many changes and it’s hard for the players to quickly adapt, but the idea of pre-season is that you are getting players ready.
“Preston were into their sixth game and that was only our second real game, so there is still real work to go and sharpness to come.
“We knew it would be a really competitive game and that’s right and proper in pre-season. It’s hard to find that in pre-season sometimes, but the players had to work hard to get a result.!
New signing Phil Bardsley, who signed just hours before the friendly, did not take part as he tied up a few loose ends at former club Stoke.
Dyche explained that the 32-year-old will now undergo some physical tests with the club’s sports science team before deciding whether to include him in the squad this weekend.
And the gaffer also revealed the club is still active in looking to add to the squad before the Premier League season kicks off in just 17 days’ time.
He added: “We are still only carrying 19 outfield players. In an ideal world you would have two in every position and then a couple of young lads who are pushing, so we are nearly there, but not quite.
“We are getting back into good shape, but we are still active on a few different situations and seeing if we can make them happen.
“I’m pleased this year, because when I say that people often wonder. But I’m pleased to say we’ve done some business this year already and we are still looking.
“The market is what it is, but the main thing for me is continuing to add to the group with quality and Phil Bardsley, along with the others, will definitely do that.”