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Dyche Happy With Italian Job

3 August 2019

Sean Dyche declared himself delighted with the Clarets’ pre-season as they won their final warm-up match against a resolute Parma side.

Jay Rodriguez’s second half brace finally unlocked the defence of an Italian side who put up far more resistance than Nice in midweek.

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And Dyche is happy at the way his players have ramped up ahead of the Premier League curtain raiser at home to Southampton next weekend.

The Burnley boss said: “I’m pleased overall, and with many things. It’s nice to get the results and the winning mentality going, but you do want to be happy with the fitness and organisation and all the good habits.

“There was a lot on show today and there has been in the last few games. We have built into it and delivered again today.

“The big thing is when you look at the number of changes we’ve made, but in every game and whatever team we’ve put out, they have looked connected.

“That’s a hard thing to find, so I am really pleased with that.”

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After an even first half, which saw Robbie Brady (ribs) and Jack Cork (groin) both substituted, Burnley took a firm grip of the game in the second half and were rewarded with a brace from Rodriguez, who added to the one he scored against Nice.

Dyche added: “We’ve ended pre-season stronger and we expected that.

“Physicality is a big part of the game and when you look back, we were pushing players into the early games fatigued and, because of that, we knew there wouldn’t be that edge to them.

“As we’ve come away from the training schedule slightly there’s been more energy and now we’ve added that real edge to performances and that’s by design.”

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Both James Tarkowski and Kevin Long missed the game with injury niggles, and Dyche gave an injury update following the game.

He said: “James had two points on a scan on his thigh that were really tight and we need to be careful with them.

“Kevin has a sore groin and it’s nothing too drastic.

“Corky is precautionary and Robbie got another bang on his ribs, which is unfortunate.

“We are not thinking it’s too serious, but we’ll have to wait and see.”


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