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Burnley in Command at Blackpool

Burnley in Command at Blackpool

Burnley got their pre-season campaign back on track at Bloomfield Road on Saturday after their 2-1 midweek defeat against Preston at Deepdale. A goal by Marvin Sordell after 68 minutes was enough to secure victory for the visitors in a game in which the Clarets dominated throughout. This was certainly no classic game by any means and there was little action in a pretty dull affair. What action there was though belonged to Burnley with our keeper (Cisak or Gilks) rarely threatened or indeed tested)

You could sense the bad atmosphere in Blackpool with only about 500 Tangerines fans turning up to watch the game and they were easily outnumbered by the travelling contingent from Burnley who had about three times that amount. Bloomfield Road is not a happy place to be at the moment with the home fans up in arms about the things going on at the club and the lack of investment in players. There have been protests and criticism aimed at shareholder and club president Valeri Belokon and chairman, Karl Oyston. Until last week they had just eight first-team players on their books and had to cancel some of their pre-season tours and games. The Championship starts next week and they seem ill-prepared to mount a challenge and indeed could be in for a relegation battle if things don`t improve. New signings are now coming in and five were signed last week but the team sheet for Blackpool certainly looked odd for the friendly against Burnley yesterday with no less than nine trialists listed.

It read:

Trialist, McMahon, Trialist, Perkins, Clarke, Daniels, Zenjov, Mellis, Delfouneso, Orlandi, Cywka.

Subs: Dunne, Waddington, Telford, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist

Burnley mixed their team around again and their starting eleven certainly bore little resemblance to the one that lined-up against Preston on Tuesday night. Ashley Barnes returned after recovering from a groin injury to make his first appearance since the FC Grossklein match during the Austrian tour lining up with strike partner, Marvin Sordell. Steven Reid also made his first appearance for the Clarets after a minor thigh problem and the versatile former Blackburn Rovers player lined-up in defence. The team line-up in summary was as follows:

Cisak, Reid. Shackell, Long, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, Jones, Taylor, Sordell, Barnes

Subs: Gilks, Trippier, Duff, O`Neill, Mee, Arfield, Hewitt, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Gilchrist, Anderson

Within five minutes Burnley were making their intentions clear, Sordell charging down the right got to the edge of the area before squaring the ball to Marney. His first time effort rattled the woodwork and came off the bar. Sordell himself then came close after some nice play from Barnes who held the ball up well allowing the former Watford and Bolton striker to pounce and unleash a shot from 25 yards out. The curling right footed shot though was a little off target and Blackpool could breathe a sigh of relief.

After that early flourish, the game somewhat went off the boil, with the hosts quite content to play deep and try and catch Burnley out on the break. The sticky surface was not helping and the game at times seemed to be progressing at snail`s pace. A couple of dangerous through balls from Blackpool were easily dealt with by an alert Cisak and Burnley rarely looked threatened. If anybody was likely to break the deadlock it would be the visitors who continued to look the more creative.

Just before the break, a long throw from Reid was half-cleared and controlling the ball well, Barnes unleashed a shot that flew across goal and just wide of target. That was it the first-half

Sean Dyche made two outfield changes for the start of the second half bringing on Michael Duff and Scott Arfield. Matt Gilks also replaced Alex Cisak giving the home fans a early chance to see their former keeper play against their club. Burnley once again began to take control with Wallace twice testing the trialist keeper and forcing saves. The busy stopper then got his gloves to a rising drive from Arfield as Burnley went up a gear and began to turn the screw. Ings and Trippier then came on in the 65th minute replacing Barnes and Reid and it was now only a matter of time before Burnley made their dominance count to take a deserved lead. That moment came just three minutes later. It was a deep cross from Trippier that led to the damage for the hosts. A nod back from Lafferty into the danger zone allowed Marney to touch the ball to Sordell who thumped the ball home from eight yards out. Burnley played the game out in control and by the end only Tom Andesron failed to see any action. The 1-0 win brings to an end their pre-season friendlies on the road. They now face two friendly home games against foreign opposition. Spanish side, Celta Vigo are the visitors next Tuesday night (Kick-Off: 7:30pm) and then it`s the turn of the Italians with Hellas Verona heading for Turf Moor on Saturday 9th August (Kick-Off: 3pm)

Match Stats

Blackpool (starting): Trialist, McMahon, Trialist, Perkins, Clarke, Daniels, Zenjov, Mellis, Delfouneso, Orlandi, Cywka.

Subs: Dunne, Waddington, Telford, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist

Burnley: Cisak (Gilks 46), Lafferty (O`Neill 73), Shackell (Duff 46), Long, Reid (Trippier 65), Wallace (Gilchrist 82), Marney (Hewitt 73), Jones (Mee 62), Taylor (Arfield 46), Barnes (Ings 65), Sordell (Jutkiewicz 68).

Subs Not Used: Anderson

Ref: Graham Salisbury

Att: 2,389



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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday August 3 2014
Time: 8:49AM

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Sounded such a dull game not helped by home fans and atmosphere around the place.
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