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Brady Steps Up Comeback

Wingman adds to fitness as first-team men enjoy training ground work-out

16 October 2018

Robbie Brady scored and completed 90 minutes of a behind closed-doors match at Barnfield as a number of the Clarets’ senior players were given valuable game-time.

The Clarets beat an AFC Fylde side 6-3 with Steven Defour also playing a full game as he continues to step up his match fitness.

And first-team men Tom Heaton, Phil Bardsley, Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes were also involved as the Clarets shared the goals around in a more-than-useful work-out.

Brady, building towards a return to first-team action after a couple of set-backs on his return from the knee injury he suffered last December, scored with his first touch, perfectly curling home with his left foot from Defour’s lay-off.

After Fylde had levelled through Tom Brewitt's close-range finish, McNeil steered home the Clarets’ second before teenage midfielder Mace Goodridge burst into the box to make it 3-1.

Barnes got himself on the scoresheet with a measured finish before the break, cutting in to fire into the bottom corner.

And after Fylde had pulled one back through Gime Toure just after half-time, Barnes added his second as he slotted home after being teed up by Defour and Wood.

The visitors made it 5-3 with Ash Hemmings' perfectly placed free-kick before Wood got the goal he wanted late on when Barnes repaid the favour after Defour had sparked another attack.

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Younger, Glennon, Koiki, McNeil, Defour, Goodridge (Benson 68), Brady, Wood, Barnes.


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