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'Brilliant To See Brady Back'

Coach Tony Loughlan happy with winger's return and strikers' goal tally

20 July 2018

First-team coach Tony Loughlan was delighted to see Robbie Brady back in action and the Clarets’ strikers get up-and-running in a 5-1 friendly win at Curzon Ashton.

Wingman Brady successfully came through 45 minutes as planned as he stepped up his comeback from the knee surgery he underwent last December.

And frontman Sam Vokes, with a headed double, Nahki Wells and Jon Walters all got on the scoresheet in the second half after Ben Mee had nodded an equaliser just before the break.

“It was brilliant for Robbie. He’s been working so hard with the physios to get right,” said Loughlan, who took charge of team affairs.

“It’s fantastic he’s come through 45 and I’m really pleased for him.

“He looked very sharp and could have got on the scoresheet himself.

“I don’t think he wanted to come off. The plan was always 45 minutes and he’s really pleased with his evening’s work as well.”

National League North side Curzon made it a real test in a competitive first half on an excellent playing surface at the Tameside Stadium.

But the Clarets proved too strong in an impressive second half with the confidence boost of a flurry of goals.

“I was very pleased,” added Loughlan. “It was a really good work-out. It was a third game in now for a lot of the boys and the aim was to get 90 minutes into the legs, which we achieved.

“It was a very competitive game. At this time of year these clubs are really good opposition and they showed a lot of intensity and energy and played well with the ball on an excellent pitch, so it was a really good test.

“They went 1-0 up and in the second half we came out and managed to score some goals. It was nice to score some goals, brilliant for Vokesey, Nahki Wells and for Jon to get on the scoresheet.

“Again, the aim in pre-season is for strikers to start scoring goals for you and they did that tonight very well.”

Midfielder Aiden O’Neill was withdrawn from the starting line-up after picking up a minor thigh problem in the warm-up, Mace Goodridge, 18 getting his first taste of senior action.

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