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Work Ethic Pleases Woan

No complaints at defeat to Crewe but run-out satisfies assistant boss

20 July 2019

Ian Woan welcomed the workload if not the result as the Clarets lost at Crewe in half of their Potteries double-header.

Charlie Kirk’s first-half strike was enough to give the League Two Railwaymen a 1-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium.

But with all 11 of Burnley’s line-up – including new boys Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters ­– playing a full game, Woan had no complaints.

“It’s nice to win games at this stage because it breeds confidence, but the main thing is 90 minutes of work and that’s what we got today,” said the Clarets’ assistant-boss who took charge alongside Under-23s’ boss Steve Stone.

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“The priority today was just to get the lads through 90 minutes.

“It’s the second one this week, which is really encouraging.

“There were a few new partnerships, with Barnesy and Jay Rod up there today, so it was a good exercise at the end of a really good, positive week.”

Having completed a week-long training camp at Portugal and then putting in the hard yards at Barnfield, the early emphasis has been on fitness for Sean Dyche’s squad.

The pre-season programme continues at Fleetwood Town next Tuesday night and Woan is looking forward to progress on the football front after Crewe deservedly notched up victory in their only home friendly before the start of the EFL season in a fortnight’s time.

“They were better than us today, with the ball,” added the Clarets’ number-two.

“We know we can be a lot, lot better in possession and I thought they popped it around really well and were good value for their win.

“But it’s the end of a big week with a lot of good work done. Two 90 minutes at this stage of the season has been brilliant.”

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