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Burnley`s successful pre-season continued yesterday with another thumping 5-0 victory this time against Singapore S League club, Home United at the Tampines Stadium in Singapore. This was their second nap in a week after defeating Singapore S League club, Gombak United by the same scoreline on Tuesday in the same stadium. The Clarets have now won all four of their pre-season games to date, the first two in the UK away to Bury and Oldham. They now have just one more match to play out in Singapore before flying back to the UK on Monday. On Saturday they play a Singapore Asian Games Team in a FIS Asian Challenge Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30pm Local time (12:30 pm UK Time).

Yesterday, Brian Laws rested both Chris McCann and Martin Paterson both players having picked up minor knocks. His starting eleven for this game against Home United was as follows:

Jensen, Mears, Cort, Duff, Fox, Edgar, Elliott, McDonald, Rodriguez, Wallace, Thompson

Once more David Edgar was tried in an holding midfield role, a position he seems to be relishing and something which gives the Clarets more options if the tactic continues to prove successful.

Despite it being monsoon season out in Singapore and the pitch quite clearly suffering, the Clarets shrugged off the poor conditions and took the lead within three minutes.

Leon Cort headed across goal from a corner and Rodriguez point blank header was then handled on the line. Rodriguez took the spot kick himself in the absence of Alexander and rifled the ball straight down the middle for the opener to score his second penalty in as many games.

The Clarets dominated most of the first half and it was 2-0 after 32 minutes thanks to a spectacular goal by Wade Elliott to equal the one he scored at Wembley at least in terms of technique if not importance! A Wallace corner from the right was parried away with the ball falling to Elliott on the edge of the box. He let rip with a stunning strike, volleying the ball into the top corner of the net to give the Clarets a 2-0 half-time lead.

Laws made three changes for the start of the second half. Eckersley replaced Mears at right back and upfront Eagles and Iwelumo came on to replace Wallace and Thompson.

The Clarets continued to press although further goals eluded them until the last 8 minute spell when three goals including a brace from new striker, Chris Iwelumo finally destroyed Home United.

On 82 minutes the persistence of Marney paid off after winning the ball 20 yards out and finding Eagles who then chipped the advancing keeper. A defender did get to the ball but not before it hasd crossed the line 3-0 Clarets!

Five minutes later it was 4-0. A Marney corner was met by a powerful header from Andre Bikey and even though his effort was saved, Iwelumo was on hand to steer home the loose ball for his second goal of the tour.

Iwelumo then got his third goal of the tour two minutes later after scoring a flying header from a prefect cross by Eagles on the right flank. Final score 5-0 Clarets and we march on!

Second Half team:

Jensen, Eckersley, Cort (Alexander 67), Duff (Carlisle 67), Fox (Easton 77), Edgar (Harvey 77), Elliott (Bikey 67), McDonald (Marney 67), Rodriguez (Fletcher 77), Eagles, Iwelumo




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 23 2010

Time: 8:56AM

Your Comments

Iwelumo looks to suddenly be on fire and Eagles also playing well. Hope we can convince Chris to stay
turfmanphil
Agree with those comments tmp, and Marney sounds as though he's fitting nicely as well. Although we haven't had any 'glamour' signings, I think Wallace, Iwelumo and Marney are going to be astute signings on laws' part.
WelshClaret
Hope ya both right couldn't be more chuffed if I am proved wrong on the signing....... absolutely key that Chris'y E stays, COULD BE EVEN MORE INSPIRED SIGNINGS IF WE BRING IN LEE GRANT for buttons... current top offer is £600k ish Alan Irvin doing his nut apparently... however they have a winding up order slapped on today so maybe he and others will exit hillsborough at an "affordable" price
hollinsclaret
Lets not get carried away with these pre season results as we all know the Championship will give us a much bigger test and then we will soon see if Laws is still the man to get us back to the promised land
Totally_Claret
Agree TC. Pre-season friendlies don't mean a thing. Lets see how they are all doing after ten matches and Laws has his 'review chat' with Kilby and Flood after the Millwall game.
Eyresy's Left Peg
Disagree with you fellas. We could be hearing reports of draws, how badly people played etc, etc. Instead it's all positive stuff and important to build up team spirit. It goes without saying that the championship is a different ball game, but I still expect us to perform well, this squad is too good to play badly. We'll see.
WelshClaret
Agree WC, after last seasons hard slog with not enough victories, the lads are putting a smile on their faces, scoring goals, winning and bonding again. That is so important and will help us hit the ground running. Just sign a No 1 and I will be content to "Dare to Dream" again.
VinRogue
Nice to see you Vin take it your back from Portugal? I know people don't say pre-season matters however I agree with WC and Vin, it sets the tone for the upcoming season. If the team are winning and scoring goals it breeds confidence. England rugby union call it a winning mentality. Last season we had an awful pre-season but the pre-season for our promotion campaign we did really well and think we were unbeaten. Glad Iwelumo has done well think he just needed games. I do think all of the signings have been astute. If we get Grant I'd be very happy, hopefully go in for Cork and perhaps another striker. Come on you clarets.
skutter169
Being perfectly honest, I dont really care to much abouts results in pre-season, but the performances I do - From what we are hearing we are playing well and the attacking threat seems to be in full swing. Lets hope this does continue into the season.
Claretdale
I think we often say friendlies are not important when we are losing them! In the great scheme of things the results mean nowt but its still nice to be winning them since that can only breed confidence! Agree with Dale that the performances are what matter and we do indeed seem to be playing well with the new lads slotting in well
turfmanphil
 

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