Burnley open pre-season campaign

Three weeks before their first Premier League game, Burnley opened their pre-season schedule at their Barnfield Training Centre this afternoon.
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Sean Dyche’s men played concurrent games against Tranmere Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, with further games set to be confirmed for Tuesday night and next Saturday.

Burnley will then play their Carabao Cup second round tie the week beginning September 7th, and while their opening League game at home to Manchester United has been postponed, due to United’s involvement in the latter stages of the Europa League earlier this month, the Clarets will then open up at Leicester City on Saturday, September 19th.

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There was no Ashley Barnes, skipper Ben Mee or Jack Cork, who are not yet fully fit after ending last season with injury issues.

The Clarets claimed a 3-0 win over Tranmere, while going down 2-1 to Shrewsbury.

Against Tranmere, midway through the first half, Robbie Brady combined with Erik Pieters to feed Matej Vydra, who finished well.

And right on half-time, from a Brady corner, Jimmy Dunne’s knockdown was nodded in by fellow centre back Bobby Thomas.

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Just after the hour it was 3-0 as Pieters claimed a second assist, finding Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who supplied a terrific finish.

Against Shrewsbury, Town raced into a 2-0 lead with early goals from Shaun Whalley and Scott High.

Chris Wood pulled one back from the spot after Max Thompson was fouled after 21 minutes, but that proved the final goal of the game.

Burnley starting line up v Tranmere Rovers: Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Thomas, Dunne, Bardsley, Brady, Benson, Brownhill, Gudmundsson, Vydra, Rodriguez.

Subs: Conn-Clarke, Rain, Rickard, Richter.

Burnley starting line up v Shrewsbury Town: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Taylor, Glennon, Tucker, Westwood, Goodridge, McNeil, Wood, Thompson.

Subs: Jensen, Elva-Fountaine, Mumbongo, Trialist.