Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Morecambe 1-0 Clarets

On a rather hot and balmy evening on the north Lancashire coast, Morecambe ran out the victors.

The goal came from a right-wing cross as the Shrimps had hit the woodwork three times in close succession, finally managing to beat Alex Cisak making his Clarets debut.

Morecambe were buoyed by new signings Tony Diagne, Marcus Marshall and new captain Mark Hughes.

Burnley fielded a trialist, Scott Arfield, who didn’t really impress. He was released from Huddersfield at the end of last season. A Terriers fan told me that when he arrived there he was supposed to be a quality player but he was a disappointment. To be fair, one game in 80 degree heat probably isn’t a proper reflection on the lad so it's probably worth giving him a chance.

Kieran Trippier was a notable exception to Sean Dyche’s squad. However, I did spot him in the stand cheering the lads on.

On the pitch Danny Ings looked sharp as ever. He was consistently looking to make runs into the box. A somewhat svelte looking Keith Treacy looked distinctly positive running down the right-hand side and made numerous crosses into the box.

Up front Sam Vokes didn’t seem very effective and never appeared to be where he needed to be when the balls came in. Again it is only game one of pre-season.

The second half saw a number of changes and a number of the young professionals introduced such as Alex Coleman and Steven Hewitt with Junior Stanislas and Ross Wallace on the left and right wings respectively. I’ve never been a massive Stanislas fan, but I have to say that he was very effective, consistently breaking away and lofting ball after ball into the Morecambe box. Wallace was also crossing more balls than we ever saw last season. Maybe this is a statement of intent from Dyche. Let’s hope so. The only downside was that Vokes was never in the right place again.

In the second half however, we played with two up top. Now, I actually couldn’t work out who the other player was. I could name all our substitutes such as Tom Anderson, Luke Gallagher and Jason Gilchrist but this striker eluded me. It turned out that it was George Porter. He looked strong and did a fair amount of running, keeping the Morecambe defenders busy.

It was good to see more of the young lads get a chance. We have some very good talent especially with the likes of Gilchrist, who only last season scored a hat trick at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.

Their goal eventually came after the woodwork had saved three efforts. This probably makes the cross-bar our fifth keeper on paper and statistically our best!

The ball was crossed from the right wing and floated in to Kevin Ellison who diverted it across to the far top corner and past a bemused Cisak. The debut keeper didn’t have much work to do, probably because the woodwork was doing it for him, however, one of the shots was turned on to it by him. He did look a bit hesitant at times when deciding whether to come out for crosses, but it's early days.

So, as I said the other week, on my way to the Globe Arena I was thinking about when we win promotion. Well to spout a pre-season metaphor, the result is irrelevant - on my way home I was thinking the same thing.

Off to the Emerald Isle we go. Up the Clarets.

Burnley (First-half): Heaton; Lafferty, Long, Shackell, Mills; Treacy, Marney, Stock, Arfield; Vokes, Ings.

(Second-half) Cisak; Coleman, Duff, Mee, Lafferty; Wallace, Hewitt, Arfield; Stanislas, Vokes, Porter.

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