Sean Dyche pleased with Stanley victory

Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche was happy to come through Saturday’s 1-0 win at Accrington without any injury problems.

Jason Gilchrist’s second goal in as many pre-season outings gave Burnley victory at their League 2 neighbours.

The Clarets were without Ashley Barnes, Ross Wallace, Tom Heaton, Steven Reid and Michael Kightly, while Ben Mee came off just before the break, but Dyche is not concerned about their situations: “It was really hot, and we had a mixed group again - 45 minutes for the more recognised first team players, and then the young players.

“It’s invaluable for the young players to experience that, they need to know where the realities of their futures lie - when they play alongside first team player so it brings that home to them.

“Some rise to it quickly, some need a bit of time and the gap is a bit too much for others.

“It’s ours and their chance to find out.

“Other than that, it’s another fitness step, we’re missing four or five and Ben Mee’s gone off, but nothing serious, we’re being very cautious.

“We carry small numbers, and we’re looking to add to that. We are in the market and are aware of that.

“So it’s important players come through fit and well.”

Asked of his injured players, Dyche added: “They are minor things, they’ve all trained this morning but were not ready for the game.

“We just wanted to make sure with them.”

And he looked back on a competitive outing in front of a sizeable crowd: “Accrington have had a couple of games and we’re behind that curve, not in terms of fitness, but mental sharpness, getting their distances, getting your eye in passing-wise.

“The great thing is, 3,500 gives you a real feel of a football match, which is a real positive.”