Manager Says-That Austrian win!!
Burnley ended their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 demolition of Cypriot side, Apollon Limassol in Bad Goisern, Austria on Friday afternoon.The 2006 Cypriot champions and Champions League qualifiers are no pushovers, making the scoreline even more convincing.
It was a day when Blake scored from a thunderous 30 yard screamer and he was also involved in ensuring the Cypriot side gave us an own goal from his free kick. McCann and Gudjonsson were the other scorers for the Clarets.
The team lined up and finished the match as follows:
Kiraly, Foster (Rodriguez 78 ), Duff, Caldwell (Harley 54), Jordan, Elliott (Berisha 45), J O'Connor (Gudjonsson 45), McCann (Spicer 45), Jones (Mahon 45), Blake (Akinbiyi 45), Gray (Lafferty 45)
Around 200 supporters watched the game out there.
In total the lads have played 7 friendlies in the close season with only one defeat amongst the three wins and three draws. The most pleasing performance has been the fact we have scored 15 goals and only conceded 7.
Steve Cotterill is now quite upbeat and relishing the start of the new season campaign in just over a week's time with WBA being the visitors to Turf Moor.
Speaking to the Official Site he said: 'I think it has been a good week. The lads have trained hard and we seem to have got together a good team spirit.
'It's amazing really with the (Austrian) games because Friday's game was by far and away the most difficult game - against a better team, by a country mile - and we have won 4-0.
'So we are pleased to go into the season with a few goals under our belts and also on the back of a clean sheet.
He continued 'Pre-season is nearly over now and we are just looking forward to the first game.'
He was also complimentary about Robbie after an excellent performance from Blake 'We scored some great goals. Robbie's free kick for the first was great and Robbie's second goal is what Robbie does.
'I saw that first touch on Friday morning and I saw it again eight hours on!
'His first touch is excellent and then there was the vision to be able to smack it into the top corner with his left foot.
Steve also gave his thoughts on the rest of the match
'Chris McCann's was a wonderful strike and then Joey grabbed his second of pre-season.
'It's amazing because he's been here six months and nobody has really seen him get into those areas and have a shot.
'It's amazing what pre-season can do and you just have to be careful not to judge people too early.
'Natural instinct is to do it, but Joey has had a good pre-season.'
There have been quite a few niggling injuries picked up though over the pre-season matches and the gaffer will be hoping for the players' speedy recovery.
Thomas sat out both Austrian matches with a back injury and captain,Steven Caldwell twisted his ankle against Limassol yesterday
Steve said about the injury situation:
'We've been a bit unfortunate with injuries this year and that is probably my only disappointment of pre-season; not being able to give players enough minutes.
'The frustrating one has been Wayne Thomas. His back has flared up and he's a tough lad who would play.
'We have tried to settle him down and then, when we put him back into a day's training before the game, his back flared up again.'
'The one thing I have done, which I haven't done before, is look at how many minutes each player has played in all of the game and totalled them up at the end.
'That is probably to ensure that I give everybody a chance.'
It has been a great pre-season really, with some quality signings (possibly more to come), good ambitious noises eminating from the Club Board including a £20 million Turf Moor revamp and some good results in the pre-season friendlies.
So we are nearly there lads (and lasses) and a week today at long last Saturdays will become a proper day again! Bring it on!!