Morecambe 1 v 1 Burnley (Pre Season Friendly)
Burnley arrived at the Globe Arena for the first pre season game on english soil, following their 3-1 win over Stade Nyonnais in France at the weekend. The Clarets had earlier in the day completed the signings of both Nick Pope and Johann Gudmundsson from Charlton.
Morecambe took to the field wearing their new 2016-17 home kit and the Shrimps were the first team to attack, when Ryan Edwards headed over Paul Robinson’s goal early in the half. Burnley responded as Ashley Barnes forced a fine save from Barry Roche with a firm downward header at the far post from Michael Kightly’s cross.
Dean Winnard then went close for the Shrimps before Burnley responded again when midway through the half Fredrik Ulvestad’s driving run and disguised pass freed Rouwen Hennings for a low drive that Roche saved with his outstretched leg.
Twice in a matter of seconds, the Shrimps came close, first with a weak header straight at Robinson and then a drive from distance that bounced just wide of Robinson’s post, the leave the half time score 0-0.
Burnley changed all ten outfield players at the interval introducing Andre Gray, George Boyd, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Dean Marney and James Tarkowski which improved the teams performance in the second half.
It was Burnley who nearly took the lead on fifty minutes, when two of the substitutes combined as Lukas Jutkiewicz diverted Dean Marney corner inches over the crossbar.
However, it was the Shrimps that broke the deadlock eight minutes into the half. Paul Robinson couldn’t hold a low cross and summer signing Rhys Turner headed the loose ball home to make it 1-0.
Lukas Jutkiewicz twice flashed headers just wide from Chris Long’s drilled right wing crosses and Gray’s deflected shot looped just wide as the Clarets stepped up the pace.
Burnley drew level on sixty five minutes, when George Boyd collected the ball following a poor clearance from Aaron McGowan and fed Andre Gray who hit a low drive from the edge of the box, which found the bottom corner passed Roche to make it 1-1.
Despite late pressure from both sides no one could force the winner as the spoils were shared on another promising evening. The Shrimps continued their unbeaten pre season run with a fine draw against Premier League new boys Burnley.
Speaking after the match Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “It’s a fantastic workout and we’re pleased in this heat. We knew it would be a hard game, Jim Bentley sides are always good sides, he always gets his teams prepared particularly physically.
We had a session this morning at Gawthorpe which was very hot and we worked hard, then the second session of the day continued at Morecambe. That was always the plan to bring them here in a second session scenario if you like which was the two 45 minutes.
We have to make sure everyone is fit and injury free, so we do the base work at the training ground but in terms of games it’s a different kind of fitness. Our energy levels are well talked about in the media, so its good to see how the team is fit.
It’s important the body adapts to the heat and who knows what the weather is going to be like when the season starts. You have to be ready so I don’t think it does any harm to play in those sort of conditions, in fact the theory is it does you good.”
Morecambe – Roche, McGowan, Edwards, Winnard, Trialist 1, Barkhuizen, Molyneux, Trialist 2, Stockton, Turner, Trialist 3 (Subs) Nizic, Ellison, Conlan, Wakefield, Mullin, Wildig, Trialist 4.
Burnley – Robinson, Lowton, Mee, Keane, Dummigan, Kightly, Ulvestad, Jones, Arfield, Hennings, Barnes (Subs) Darikwa, Tarkowski, K.Long, Lafferty, Boyd, Marney, O’Neill, C.Long, Gray, Jutkiewicz.
Goals – (Morecambe) Taylor (54) (Burnley) Gray (65)