Bradford City 1 v 4 Burnley (Pre-Season Friendly)
Burnley arrived at Valley Parade for their third pre-season game against a new look Bradford City side managed by Stuart McCall. City had earlier in the day announced the signing of Coventry City midfielder Romain Vincelot on a two year contract.
Sean Dyche made a number of changes from the side that started at Morecambe with the return of Tom Heaton, Stephen Ward, Tendayi Darikwa and Andre Gray to the starting line up at Valley Parade.
Bradford City had the first real chance of the game as Filipe Morais weaved himself into a shooting position, but dragged his shot wide. The Clarets then blew Bradford City away in the first fifteen minutes to lay the foundations for their second pre season win.
On fifteen minutes, the clarets took the lead when George Boyd instigated a move with a ball out to Stephen Ward and after he feinted to go inside he fed Boyd again on the overlap, the cross was inch perfect for Andre Gray to power home a near post header to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, the current Championship player of the year doubled his and Burnley’s tally, racing clear onto a superb Dean Marney through ball before lobbing the advancing Colin Doyle from 15 yards to make the score 2-0.
The Clarets got a three goal on twenty minutes as Ben Mee rose highest to meet a David Jones corner and direct a powerful header passed Doyle from six yards to make it 3-0.
Bradford City then had a couple of chances to get back into the game after Billy Clarke smashed a shot off the post from a tight angle. Paul Anderson then went with an overhead kick which just sailed just over Tom Heaton’s crossbar.
Dean Marney then made a goal-saving tackle to deny Filipe Morias, as the Bantams striker raced clear from inside the Clarets half into the penalty area, Marney’s slide tackle nicked the ball out for a corner just as Morais was set to pull the trigger.
Burnley could have added to their tally in the first half as both Scott Arfield and then George Boyd were denied by desperate blocks from Bradford City players. A few minutes before half time Ashley Barnes left the field with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
City pulled a goal back just before the interval when Billy Clarke’s shot was saved by Tom Heaton, but the ball fell to Filipe Morais who pounced to drive home the rebound off the post to make the half time score 3-1.
Sean Dyche made two changes at half time, bringing on new signing goalkeeper Nick Pope and striker Rouwen Hennings as a replacement for the injured Lukas Jutkiewicz who also suffering a hamstring tweak.
Just after the hour, Sean Dyche made three more changes the first change brought a debut for former AFC Wimbledon striker Dan Agyei, who replaced Andre Gray. The other changes were Danny Lafferty and Fredrik Ulvestad for Stephen Ward and Dean Marney.
All of the changes in the second half affected the flow of the match and the game become a bit of a midfield battle. David Jones went close with a shot from distance midway through the half.
On eighty minutes, Darikwa drilled a low cross into the danger zone with ten minutes remaining, a miscued clearance fell perfectly for Michael Kightly who score the fourth, to make the final score 4-1 to Burnley.
Speaking after the game Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “There were some fine goals today as well as a really good workout in a good environment. It’s a new challenge every game and we are building and looking for that balance.
The early games are purely fitness and then we’ll look at fitness and performance and I thought there were good signs and a good physicality to today’s performance. But with due respect to Bradford City there are going to be bigger, higher quality clubs coming.
It’s good practice, but we can only do it one step at a time in pre-season by building the mentality, fitness and organisation of the side. I was pleased with all that today. We got a couple of hamstring injuries today to Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz so we will have to see how they are this week.
It’s good to get the young players out on the pitch, they were young players who have trained with us before and experienced our first team squad. It’s important they get the exposure, in training and out on the pitch, so that bodes well.”
Bradford City – Doyle, McMahon, N.Clarke, knight-Percival, Devine, Law, Dieng, Marshall Anderson, B.Clarke, Morais (Subs) Sattelmaier, Boateng, Agnew, Hiwula, Webb-Foster, Payne
Burnley – Heaton, Darikwa, Mee, Keane,Ward, Marney, Jones, Boyd, Arfield, Barnes, Gray (Subs) Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Lafferty, Ulvestad, Kightly, Hennings, Jutkiewicz, Ginnelly, Agyei, O’Neill, Aghayere
Goals – (Bradford City) Morais (44) (Burnley) Gray (15,17), Mee (20), Kightly (80)