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Thumping 5-0 Win and Now It`s Home & Away!

The Clarets got their Far East tour off to a flying start yesterday with a thumping 5-0 win against Singapore S League, Gombak United in the Tampines Stadium.

Burnley were frustrated for most of the first half but finally broke the deadlock with just three minutes to go before half-time. Elliott and Marney linked well to set up Ross Wallace to score his second goal of the pre-season friendly campaign. With the second-half underway it didn`t take long for the Clarets to extend their lead. A Wallace pass after 48 minutes found Chris Eagles who drove the ball home to put the Clarets 2-0 up. On the hour mark, it was 3-0 thanks to a Chris Iwelumo header from an Eagles cross.

Steve Thompson made it 4-0 in similar fashion this time the cross being provided by Elliott and the rout was completed on 77 minutes when Edgar was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty. Jay Rodriguez slotted home from the spot to make the final score 5-0.

The Burnley starting line-up and substitutes making an appearance was as follows:

Brian Jensen (Craig Mawson 76), Tyrone Mears (Richard Eckersley 67), Clarke Carlisle (Leon Cort 64), Andre Bikey (Michael Duff 64), Brian Easton (Danny Fox 46), Graham Alexander (David Edgar 67), Ross Wallace (Alex-Ray Harvey 67), Dean Marney (Kevin McDonald 64), Chris McCann (Wade Elliott 34), Chris Eagles (Jay Rodriguez 64), Chris Iwelumo (Steven Thompson 64).

There was just one concern for the Clarets after a clash of knees saw Chris McCann come off worst just after the half-hour mark. McCann missed most of last season due to knee injuries and the Clarets were not going to take any chances. He was therefore substituted. There is good news today though and we let Brian Laws explain the situation:

"The physio assures me there is nothing to worry about, his knee has been iced down and he should be okay.

"He has had a clash of knees and just numbed the side of his knee a little bit. It was a precaution to take him off because he could have come back on," said Laws.

"We are all concerned when a player goes down, especially Chris McCann after the trouble he had last year with his knee and we don`t want that to happen again.

The Clarets are now preparing for the second match of their three game tour when they will play Home United on Thursday 22nd July (5pm Kick-Off local Time-10am UK). This match will also be played at the Tampines Stadium. Home United, like Gombak also play in Singapore's S.League and last season came fourth in the league.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 21 2010

Time: 10:51AM

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Good pre-season so far! :-)
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21/07/2010 10:53:00

Another goal from Thommo! and the wingers chipping in aswell. Hopefully this will breed confidence for when we play better quality of opposition.
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21/07/2010 12:20:00

The new signings seem to be doing the business as well , so that's good news. As you say dale, the confidence will build with a good dressing room spirit developing as a result. This is as important an aspect as any, we all know how it was destroyed in January last season by he who shall not be named this season. C'mon the boys.
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21/07/2010 13:10:00

Welsh - is he who shall not be named the same as she who shall not not be shamed?
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21/07/2010 13:14:00

The very same Couch. But then you probably knew that . . . . . sorry, wrong thread.
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21/07/2010 14:03:00

Jay Rod Hot Dog. Just tuned in on the official site, and after 10 mins, he's produced a fine save, had a header handled on the line and scored his second pen of the tour.
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22/07/2010 10:14:00

The offical site also says there's a raffle at a 'Meet the Players Session' at Harry's Bar. But wasn't it the case that in the old days the only bar to be seen in was Raffles? Drinking Singapore Slings, of course. Anyway, the raffle kicks off in just over an hour, so better get your skates on. You'd have thought these days we could join in virtually. Still 1-0.
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22/07/2010 10:20:00

Starting line-up:Jensen, Mears, Cort, Duff, Fox, Edgar, Elliott, McDonald, Rodriguez, Wallace, Thompson. We are 1-0 up after 3 minutes. From a corner, Leon Cort heads across goal and Rodriguez point blank header is handled on the line. Rodriguez from the spot kick rifles the ball straight down the middle for the opener
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22/07/2010 10:39:00

2-0 after 32 minutes-Wallace's right wing corner is parried to the edge of the box and Elliott volleys an absolute screamer into the top corner.
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22/07/2010 10:46:00

Nice that someone else is awake TMP. Official Bfc text composer Darren Bentley said that Elliott's goal beat his one at Wembley hands down. He has described the pitch as a cabbage patch; it is monsoon season. And, rather more interestingly, says that Edgar is revelling in a holding midfield role. It's his second outing there this pre-season. Move over Grezza?
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22/07/2010 10:53:00

Halftime entertainment. Been thinking of anagrams for Jay Rod Hot Dog. Best so far... Hot Rod Jog Day. Anyone else?
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22/07/2010 10:56:00

Eagles again turning it on; Iwelumo again not quite converting the chances he's creating. Anyone know how the Singapore national team, who we'll be playing at the weekend, has done against teams like WC Finalists Japan or North Korea?
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22/07/2010 11:41:00

3-0 Clarets after 82 minutes:Eagles scores thanks to persistence of Marney who wins the ball 20 yards out and allows Eagle to chip the advancing keeper. A defender gets to the ball but not before it has crossed the line
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22/07/2010 11:52:00

Well, Big Chris converted 2 after my above post in what ended up as a 5-0 win. If Iwelumo is now Big Chris, is Eagles now going to have to be known as Little Chris?
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22/07/2010 12:05:00

Time for another nap!!-Clarets earn a second successive 5-0 win. Goal 4 on 87 minutes: Iwelumo- A Marney corner is met by a bullet header from Andre Bikey and even though his effort his saved, Iwelumo is on hand to steer home the loose ball for his second goal of the tour Goal 5 on 89 minutes:Iwelumo again-This time a flying header from Eagles perfect delivery from the right. Great stuff
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22/07/2010 12:16:00


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