Gud God at Wrexham!
17th July 2007
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.