Sean Dyche was pleased with his squad’s fitness as they kicked off their pre-season with a friendly win over Fulham in Portugal.
The Clarets rounded off a good week on the Algarve with a solid work-out, capped by Chris Wood’s 70th minute penalty to sink the Londoners.
And Dyche was delighted at his players’ efforts against a Cottagers’ side further into their pre-season schedule.
“It’s nice to have that winning edge and mentality, but this was purely about the players all playing 45 minutes at the end of a good week,” insisted the Burnley boss.
“There was a competitive edge to the game and Fulham are a week in advance of us. They have had a week’s extra training and a couple of games, but it was good to see that some of the good basic habits were there from our group.
“The hardest thing is recreating that game atmosphere, even though it is pre-season.
“But they managed to get 45 minutes each and there were no injuries, which is great. There are a few niggles, like Charlie Taylor, who didn’t quite make it, but nothing too serious at this stage.”
Dyche handed debuts to summer signings Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters, who both played the opening 45 minutes of the behind-closed-doors game at the Clarets training base.
He added: “They have both fitted into the group really well, but they will feel better about that.”
Match-winner Wood, who coolly slotted home the 70th minute penalty to get the Clarets off to a winning start, added: “It’s nice to be back on the scoresheet, but at this stage it’s all about the minutes.
“It doesn’t matter about the goals or the performances. They come later on in pre-season.
“Fulham are a good side. We played them a couple of times last season and it was always going to be tough, but that’s what we need; good games to build up the fitness.
“We have worked hard this week and worked hard in the sun. The staff have worked us hard, but it’s been worth it and it’s all fitness in the bank come the start of the season.”