Burnley do the Shaking at Bury!
A late goal by Danny Ings in the 85th minute was enough to secure victory for the Clarets against Bury last night at Gigg Lane in the second match of their pre-season schedule. Burnley had beaten Bury 3-0 in the two previous pre-season clashes but this time the Clarets had to be content with a 1-0 victory against a very good League 1 Bury side.
1,981 fans watched the game unfold with the majority of these Burnley supporters (1,116) and Eddie Howe once again chose to play two different teams in each half. There were just two changes from the squad selected to face Altrincham last Saturday. Brian Jensen made his first appearance starting in the first half to be replaced by Lee Grant in the second. Jon Stewart was the keeper this time who had to sit this one out. David Edgar also returned and played in the second half. Edgar had a special dispensation to start pre-season training later than his other team mates after a grueling international schedule playing for Canada but he now was deemed ready to participate. Striker, Joe Jackson who played against Altrincham made way.
In the first half then Burnley lined up as follows:
Jensen, Trippier, Duff, Mee, Mills, Marney, MacDonald, Wallace: Porter, Austin, Stanislas
This was a somewhat different line-up to the starting eleven for first half at Altrincham with just Joseph Mills, Ross Wallace and Junior Stanislas starting both games.
The game in the first half was somewhat uninspiring and typical of a pre-season friendly. The pace was somewhat laboured with both teams determined not to break sweat in only their second match of the summer. All you could say was that Burnley`s performance was solid against the League One opposition.
Burnley`s tactics appeared to be to build from the back with both full backs Mills and Trippier employed more up front. It was the Clarets who had the first real chance but MacDonald could only slice his shot wide after some nice build up play involving Stanislas and Austin. A measured cross from Mills then found the head of Austin but the ball flew over the angle. Bury to give them their due were also looking confident in possession although Jensen easily thwarted a speculative effort from David Worrall. The Shakers though had the best chance of the half when a low cross from Worrall fell nicely for Bury captain, Steven Schumacher. The midfielder had ample time and was in acres of spaces to simply stroll the ball into the net but instead chose to blast the ball skywards into the stand from inside the box!
At times Burnley put together some sweet passes and upped their pace to effect. Ben Mee started a move to find Stanislas who cleverly flicked the ball into the path of MacDonald before Wallace and Trippier also got involved to set up Austin. Sadly though he could not make enough contact with his head and another chance went begging.
Mills in particular was having an impressive confident game and breaking forward he looked to have got the better of both Schumacher and Picken before the pair hacked him down to concede a free kick. Stanislas thumped the free kick towards target but the ball just whizzed past the near post with Bury keeper, Trevor Carson looking well beaten. Both keepers were kept busy as the first half came to a close. Carson had to keep out a long range effort from Trippier and Jensen then had to save a shot by Shaun Harrad from inside the penalty after diving low to his right.
Both sides went in level 0-0 at the interval and it was now time for Eddie Howe to put out team B for the start of the second 45 minutes.
Our second half line up was as follows:
Grant, O'Neill, Edgar, Shackell, Long, Lafferty, Hewitt, McCann, Ings, Paterson, Treacy
With the changes came a new tactic or two to try and confuse the Shakers. The Clarets were now utilising three centre backs accompanied by wing backs. Ings and Treacy were also enjoying more space on the ball playing off Martin Paterson.
It was the home side though who came closest to opening the scoring in the early exchanges. A corner taken by Peter Sweeney found Schumacher but his glancing header hit the near post. It looked Lateef Elford-Alliyu was about to pounce but he could not get enough purchase on the ball and the danger passed.
As the second-half progressed, Burnley began to take the upper hand with most of the action now in the Bury half. Keith Treacy who was having an impressive game found Lafferty with a neat pass across field and the Irishman got the better of Picken before rolling a pass to Paterson ideally placed on the edge of the six yard box. Pato though failed to connect and Bury could breathe a sigh of relief.
New skipper Jason Shackell was beginning to show his value in the back four and his captaincy was clearly producing dividends. Team confidence was spreading and it only seemed a matter of time before the Clarets broke the deadlock. Treacy tested Carson with a thumping shot as Burnley began to turn the screw.
Burnley had created several chances throughout the 90-minute period without reward but with the clock ticking down, a goalless draw seemed the likely outcome despite the Clarets having had the lion`s share of possession.
It was left to Danny Ings though celebrating his 20th birthday to secure victory with a late winner in the 85th minute. After latching on to a superb pass from Keith Treacy, Ings deftly chipped the ball over substitute keeper Cameron Belford to notch up the second goal of his pre-season campaign.
Bury: Carson, Picken, Skarz, Sweeney, Worall, Schumacher, Marshall, Harrad, Elford-Alliyu, Sodje, Hughes. Subs: Lockwood, Bishop, John-Lewis, Carrington, Harrop, Jones, Melia, Mclaughlin, Boswell, McCarthy, Belford.
Referee; Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)