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Clarets step up fitness as League One sides enjoy training ground wins

17 July 2018

Most of the Clarets’ first team squad got 90 minutes under their belts in a double dose of behind-closed-doors action at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool provided the opposition with the League One sides both leaving with a victory as the Shrews 1-0 won and Blackpool enjoyed a 2-0 success on an adjacent pitch.

But with the emphasis on building up match fitness it was a more than useful work-out for Sean Dyche’s squad who stepped up their game-time with just over a week to go until the Clarets’ opening Europa League tie at Aberdeen.

The only senior men not to see action were Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson as they worked on their own individual programmes en route to being ready for action.

Gudmundsson returned from World Cup duty with Iceland at the start of the week, although Nick Pope remains on a break after England’s run in the competition took them to the final weekend in Russia.

Tom Heaton played in goal for an hour in the Clarets’ game against Shrewsbury, whose winner came 15 minutes from time via a deflection off defender Charlie Taylor.

Dyche spread his senior men across the two teams and watched half each as he swapped places with number-two Ian Woan.

The Burnley boss took in the opening 45 minutes of the game against Shrewsbury which saw the Clarets dominate possession without being able to force a break-through.

The best chances in each half fell to Daniel Agyei, who struck the upright early on, missed his kick in front of goal shortly after and then fired over the angle when presented with an opportunity late on.

By then the hard-working visitors, who utilised their own senior squad, led through a Taylor own-goal with the full-back unfortunate to get the final touch to Fejiri Okenabirhie’s low, left-wing cross and deflect the ball past Adam Legzdins off the foot of a post.

The visitors’ trialist keeper had been busier in the opening half, denying Chris Wood and Matt Lowton with smart, instinctive saves.

And then despite growing late pressure, the Clarets couldn’t quite break down a resilient Shrews’ defence to earn a reward for their endeavours.

It was a similar story on the other pitch with Burnley seeing plenty of the ball against Blackpool.

But the Seasiders gave the Clarets few sights of goal and took their chances to in each half to seal the win.

Nahki Wells went closest for Burnley before half-time with shot cleared off the line by Oliver Turton following a Dwight McNeil free-kick.

But Blackpool, with a handful of their new signings on duty, grabbed the lead when Joseph Dodoo drilled an angled shot into the roof of the net.

And after Burnley had threatened through a Sam Vokes header and a shot from Jeff Hendrick which was saved by Mark Howard just after half-time, the visitors doubled their lead.

Former Clarets striker Nathan Delfouneso had just headed wide and after boss Gary Bowyer made a raft of changes with an hour gone, substitute Harry Pritchard scored with his first touch, side-footing home as he followed up after a header from Armand Gnanduillet had hit a post.

The Clarets pushed late on but a goal-bound volley deflected wide from Sam Vokes following a Jonathan Walters knock-down was the nearest they came to a goal.

Burnley team v Shrewsbury: Heaton (Legzdins 60), Lowton (Clarke 72), Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Koiki (Chakwana 60), Lennon, O’Neill, Westwood, Wood, Agyei.

Burnley team v Blackpool: Legzdins (Lindegaard HT), Bardsley, Dunne, Mee, Ward, McNeil, Hendrick, Cork, Walters, Vokes, Wells (Massanka 55).

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