UK time is: 14:21:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wrexham 2 - Burnley 5

Racecourse Ground

17th July 2007

Attendance: 1,457

Gud God at Wrexham!

The Clarets turned it on last night in an emphatic victory away to Wrexham coming away clear winners by 5-2 in their second friendly of the close season. It was estimated 190 Clarets fans made the journey which is not bad for a friendly in the middle of the week, and it looks like their efforts were well rewarded.

Despite coming back from 2-0 down, Wrexham were hammered first by a thunderbolt from Joey Gudjonsson 30 yards out and then two penalties; the first put away by Akinbiyi and the second by new kid on the block, Jay Rodrigues! Crikey two penalties in one match compared to one the whole of last season!

Andy Gray struck twice in the first half.

Gray quickly got onto a loose Kyle Lafferty shot for his first and then scored his second from close range after 40 minutes.

The only worrying incident in the first half was Lafferty being stretchered off after only 26 minutes. However we learn today that this was just a precaution and that Kyle is fine which is excellent news. Robbie Blake took his place perhaps earlier than originally planned

Mike Proctor got a goal back after the break and then equalised from the spot after Eifion Williams won a penalty. The Clarets seemed to be slow out of the blocks the second half but that was soon to change within one minute of Wrexham's equaliser!

Joey Gudjonsson got onto a half-clearance from about 30 yards out and after one touch fired in a thunderous shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net as the Wrexham players and fans could only fail to be amazed. Steve Cotterill said this lad had a reputation for scoring spectacular goals from distance so lets hope this is the turning point for him after a disappointing first season with the Clarets.

By now the Clarets were dominating again and Akinbiyi duly slotted home the fourth in the 73rd minute from the penalty spot after Jon Harley was tripped in the box.

With 10 minutes to go, Jay Rodriguez not quite 18 years of age, came on for his first senior game and was then asked to take a second penalty coolly slotting it home with only a few moments to play

Again numerous changes in the Clarets team between the first and second half, so its best just to show the teams in each half rather than explain them. All the new faces though, including the most recent signing Stephen Jordan featured in this match, so only Wayne Thomas in the squad, so far has not had a run out.

Burnley (first half): Jensen, Foster, Duff, Caldwell, Harley, Berisha, J O'Connor, Spicer, Jones, Gray, Lafferty (Blake 28).

Subs: Kiraly, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, Mahon, Rodriguez, Blake, Jordan.

Burnley (second half): Kiraly, Foster, Duff, Caldwell, Harley, Berisha (Jordan 62), Gudjonsson, Mahon, Jones, Akinbiyi, Lafferty ((Blake 28), Rodriguez 82).

So a very encouraging match and result, with Middlesborough next up at Turf Moor this Saturday.

-------------------------------------------------------

Wrexham: Michael Jones, Ryan Valentine, Shaun Pejic, Richard Hope, Neil Taylor (Mike Williams 57), Mike Carvill(Matty Done 57), Levi Mackin, Conall Murtagh (Mark Jones 60), Eifion Williams (Chris Llewellyn 75), Kaid Mohammed (Marc Williams 60), Michael Proctor.

Subs: Anthony Williams, Gareth Evans.

Burnley: Brian Jensen (Gabor Kiraly 46), Stephen Foster, Michael Duff, Steven Caldwell, Jon Harley, Besart Berisha (Stephen Jordan 64), James O'Connor (Alan Mahon 46), Jon Spicer (Joey Gudjonsson 46), Steve Jones, Andy Gray (Ade Akinbiyi 46), Kyle Lafferty (Robbie Blake 26) (Jay Rodriguez 80).

Referee: Mike Jones.

Att: 1,457

Star Player

Joey Gudjonsson for that memorable strike alone! Why not! There must be more to this lad and maybe we saw the first signs last night.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 18 2007

Time: 6:20PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Burnley 2 - 3 Crystal Palace
Burnley 2 - 1 Q.P.R.
Newcastle 3 - 3 Burnley
Man City 2 - 2 Burnley
Burnley 0 - 1 Liverpool
Spurs 2 - 1 Burnley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 22 5 7 10 -9 22
15. Aston Villa 22 5 7 10 -14 22
16. Sunderland 22 3 11 8 -14 20
17. Burnley 22 4 8 10 -15 20
18. Hull City 22 4 7 11 -10 19
19. Q.P.R. 22 5 4 13 -16 19
20. Leicester City 22 4 5 13 -14 17

Breaking League News

Villa's Tuesday Transfer Round Up - 27/1/15
Aston Villa : 27/01/2015 14:20:00
U21s Snatch Blackburn Victory
Aston Villa : 27/01/2015 14:07:00
U21's Beat Man City Again
Sunderland : 27/01/2015 13:47:00
Valdes Makes United Debut
Man Utd : 27/01/2015 13:04:00
Cahill Relfects!
Chelsea : 27/01/2015 13:01:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How confident are you we can escape the drop?
Suggested By:  Vital Burnley Admin
Great Chance We Can 53%
Mildly Confident 23%
Sitting on the Fence! 3%
Not Confident but Hoping 12%
No Chance We Can 9%