Coyle on Queen of the South Draw
The Clarets came away with a 1-1 draw in the first match of their Scottish tour against Queen of the South yesterday.
Burnley lined up for this match as follows:
Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Gudjonsson, McCann, McDonald, Paterson, Blake, Elliott
Subs: The rest of the squad were named on the bench except for new keeper, Diego Penny.
Penny had only just arrived in the UK the day before after a long haul flight from Lima,Peru to find himself facing a long coach trip up North to Bonnie Scotland. Although training with his new team-mates before the match and getting to know his new colleagues, Penny was no doubt jet-lagged and tired after such a hectic journey and Coyle thought it best not to give him his debut just yet.
Goalkeeping duties therefore were again awarded to Brian Jensen who once more put in a solid performance with some good saves denying the Doonhamers.
Coyle explained the situation after the game:
'Diego Penny trained with us before the game too so he got to have a look at the lads. I thought Brian Jensen was outstanding today though and he made a couple of great saves'
The match got off to a quiet start although the Clarets began to dominate after the first 20 minutes or so.
Martin Paterson scored his first goal for the club five minutes before the break.
Joey Gudjonsson just outside the area picked up the ball from Kalvenes and put the ball into a busy penalty area to find Paterson. Rounding keeper, Bryn Halliwell Paterson unleashed a shot from a tight angle and the ball found the top right hand corner of the net to put the Clarets 1-0 up
The Clarets 1-0 up at half-time made no changes for the start of the second half but that soon changed from the 63rd minute when Coyle made a raft of substitutions.
Paterson, Alexander, Kevin McDonald and Kalvenes were substituted with Akinbiyi, Jordan, Duff and Mahon coming on.
Rodriguez, Berisha and Alex MacDonald then came on for Gudjonsson, Blake and Elliott as Burnley went 4-4-2 with 20 minutes to go.
This procession of changes may well have upset the rhythm of the team and with seven minutes of the match remaining, it was perhaps not surprising that Queen of the South got the equaliser when Kean headed home from a corner.
Owen Coyle put the lapse of concentration down to fatigue
'In the later stages fatigue had a factor but we still worked well. We conceded a soft goal from a set play but having said that there were a lot of pleasing aspects about it,said Coyle
Paterson now seems to be coming into his own and Coyle was full of praise for his new striker:
'Martin Paterson scored a terrific goal in the first half and it was another game for the new lads to bed in. Martin has been working ever so hard and I told him if he continued that work rate the goals would come and so it proved. We are very excited about how he will play for us.
Coyle then went on to make some more comments about the match as the squad now look forward to their next game against Partick Thistle on Monday night. (Monday July 21th kick-off 7-30 p.m.)
'It was a very pleasing workout and a highly competitive game The support was fantastic too and very vocal so I think they will have had an enjoyable afternoon.
'I was pleased with the effort but I always knew it was going to be a difficult game. Queen of the South start their season next week and they showed last year they were a very good side so overall I was very pleased.
'There is still room for improvement though and we'll strive for that between now and August 9,
'I expect a similar game on Monday. Partick will be fit and raring to go and they have some very good players.
'We might shuffle the lads about again but we will take stock of that on Sunday