Sean Dyche was delighted to end a hard week in Ireland with a good work-out against Cork City.
The League of Ireland champions, currently midway through their season, had the edge fitness wise and gave the Clarets a tough game that was ultimately settled by Jimmy Dunne’s second half goal.
And the gaffer, who was without Matt Lowton (groin) along with Steven Defour and local hero Robbie Brady, was happy to come through the week unscathed and with players’ fitness in the tank.
He said: “Cork are a good side and they worked really hard. Their manager assured me they would have some young lads but to trust him, they would run hard, and they did, so that was perfect for us.
“The players have worked really hard this week – and even this morning we put on a really tough (training) session, so I was delighted with the fitness levels.
“That’s sometimes the difficult thing as a fan, looking at pre-season games, because they are tempted to judge situations, but they don’t always know how hard they’ve worked.
“Trust me, you would never prepare for a game, physically, as we have this week!
Defour missed the game with a niggly calf, while Brady was left out as a precaution following a good week’s training at the tail end of his rehabilitation.
In addition, Ashley Barnes battled through the second half despite suffering from nasty blisters.
Dyche added: “He has awful blisters on his feet, and he did well to be out there, to be honest.
“So we’ve done pretty well, other than precautionary injuries and it’s been another fantastic week.
“We’re always well looked after out here; we were five years ago and the fans were brilliant.
“I hope they’ve had a good few days… and I’m told the Murphy’s is good here!”