Shiny New Penny Debut as Clarets beat Partick
Burnley defeated Partick Thistle 1-0 last night at the Firhill Stadium in the second game of their three match pre-season Scottish Tour.
Joey Gudjonsson got the only goal of the game just before half-time.
The Clarets lined-up with an unfamiliar team which had experimentation written all over it.
New keeper, Penny was given his Clarets debut and chance to 'shine' in goal and Coyle also tested new trialist, Latvian International striker, Gatis Kalninš.
Jordan also found himself in an unfamiliar role in the centre of defence and there was no starting place for key players, Elliott, Carlisle, Blake, McCann, Paterson and Kevin McDonald.
Steven Caldwell, Brian Jensen and Remco van der Schaaf were the only three players in the squad not named in the 21.
In summary we lined up as follows:
Penny, Alexander, Jordan, Duff, Kalvenes, Mahon, Jones, Gudjonsson, MacDonald, Rodriguez, Kalnins.
Subs: Kiraly, Elliott, Carlisle, Blake, McCann, Paterson, Akinbiyi, McDonald, Berisha, Kay.
Diego Penny was hardly troubled throughout the game, but when called upon to act saved the day in a competent performance. His first slice of action came as early the 4th minute. Burnley had been caught out by the offide trap and Penny had to rush out from goal to clear the ball away.
In the second half with 60 minutes on the clock, the Jags were awarded a free kick. Simon Donnelly thumped in a daisy cutter and it was Penny who came to the rescue, diving at full stretch (all 6ft 5 of him) the turn the ball round the post.
With three minutes to go, he pulled off another excellent save, holding on to a deflected shot at full stretch.
Gatis Kalninš was given the whole of the first half to impress the gaffer in his first trial match. The 26 year old Latvian looked comfortable and put in a good performance with the tall striker giving the team more options up front.
The goal came on the stroke of half time.
Jay Rodriguez showed good control in chesting down a pass from Alexander. The young striker then found Gudjonsson with a sweet pass as the Icelandic midfielder ran into the box to calmly side-foot the ball home inside the post.
1-0 Clarets at half-time with the side looking hardly troubled despite a strange line-up.
At the start of the second half, a raft of substitutions saw a more familar team take the game to the Jags.
Paterson, Elliott, Kevin McDonald, McCann and Ade Akinbiyi came on for Rodriguez, Jones, Gudjonsson,Mahon and Kalnins.
Later substitutions saw Blake come on for MacDonald after 67 minutes and on 74 minutes, Kalvenes came off to be replaced by Carlisle. On the night, only Kiraly, Berisha and Kay, named in the 21 failed to feature in this match.
In the second half, Burnley continued as they had left off and dominated proceedings.
Elliott's corner after 53 minutes was headed back by Michael Duff to find McCann but after swivelling to shoot,he got under the ball and it went over the bar.
It was Kevin McDonald who then came close on 60 minutes after unleasing a shot from distance. His right foot shot though somehow managed to find the legs of the keeper to deny the Scottish midfielder.
On 80 minutes, Akinbiyi forced a double save from the Jags keeper, Hinchcliffe following a deft reverse pass by Elliott.
His first shot was blocked at the near post but the ball fell to Akinbiyi again, this time being denied by the keeper again as he tipped the ball away for a corner.
1-0 final score with St Johnstone next up on Wednesday night to complete their Scottish tour.
Burnley: Penny, Alexander, Jordan, Duff, Kalvenes (Carlisle 74), Mahon (K McDonald 46), Jones (Elliott 46), Gudjonsson (McCann 46), A MacDonald (Blake 67), Rodriguez (Paterson 46), Kalnins (Akinbiyi 46)
Subs : Kiraly, Berisha, Kay.
Partick(starting): Hinchcliffe, Paton, Twaddle, McStay, Kinniburgh, Maxwell, Trialist, McKeown, McKinlay, Trialist, Chaplain
Subs: Tuffey, Roberts, Donnelly, Harkins, Rowson, Storey, Robertson, Little