Sean Dyche was delighted with the perfect start to pre-season as the Clarets rounded off their training week in Ireland with a comfortable victory over Shamrock Rovers.
A debut goal from Jonathan Walters after only nine minutes, plus strikes from Ashley Barnes, Irish idol Robbie Brady and Sam Vokes made it a good night against a young Rovers side.
And with fitness in the tank, strikers on the scoresheet and no injury concerns, Dyche hailed a good week’s work.
“I’m really pleased. We all know that it’s about getting players fit in the right way, so they don’t break,” the gaffer told Clarets Player HD.
“I came to the Shamrock (Europa League) game on Thursday night, so we knew they would field a young side, but you know what it’s like when they do; they are going to run hard and I thought they did.
“There is a good feel to the club here at Shamrock. I really feel they’ve got something going and they gave us a really good challenge, but we managed to get 45 minutes into most of the players.
“Jon Walters just came off to be careful because he’s just getting used to what we do and we don’t want any niggles.
“We wanted everyone to come through it, which they have, and I thought there were some good habits shown by the team.
“We are only one week in and it takes your body and mind time to bring back together the little details, but I felt they delivered it really well, so overall I am pleased.”
Burnley were well supported by a large number of Clarets fans who had travelled to Ireland, while Rovers fans also turned out in force to see a Premier League side that included a growing band of Irish internationals in the camp.
They were rewarded when Walters raced onto fellow debutant Jack Cork’s through ball to coolly open the scoring after nine minutes.
Ashley Barnes doubled the lead with a sublime finish from Tom Anderson’s raking pass early in the second half before a Robbie Brady tap-in – to the delight of the Irish fans – and Sam Vokes’ deflected effort from a Jeff Hendrick shot rounded off the scoring.
Dyche added: “I must say also it’s been great for the Burnley fans. We do try and think about pre-season and the only one that caught us out was the Austria game in the middle of nowhere.
“Access should always be easy for the fans, so I am really pleased that the fans came to join us.
“It’s been a really good bonus, because we added this game onto a training week and we thank Shamrock for putting it on for us, so I am pleased on all levels.
“It rounds off a great week. The facilities have been great, as has training and the feel of the camp has been really good and that’s been brought on by the players and my staff.
“I’ve really enjoyed that, and the work has been terrific. The lads are looking in really, really good shape physically, so I am pleased on all levels. It’s early yet, but it’s a good start!”