Burnley kicked off their Premier League preparations with a pair of behind-closed-doors friendlies Tuesday afternoon.

Two sides containing a mix of youth and experience faced League One side Morecambe and League Two Salford City concurrently.

The Clarets won both games beating The Shrimps 2-1 and Salford 4-0, making it a good run-out to start Sean Dyche's side's pre-season campaign. 

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Story of the games

Burnley 2-1 Morecambe

Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson found the net for The Clarets at the Barnfield Training Centre.

It didn’t take long for Barnes to find the net, as his low driven shot from just inside the 18-yard box found it’s way into the back of the net after just a quarter of an hour.

Teenager Lewis Richardson stepped up to the first team in the absence of Matej Vydra and Chris Wood and nearly scored on two occasions, coming close right before half-time.

Gudmundsson did double the lead after the break, when he fired the ball home from just on the edge of the box.

The hosts outfield senior players all played a full game and it potentially showed later in the game as Morecambe did get one back through Josh McPake who fired past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Burnley XI vs Morecambe: Peacock-Farrell; Lowton, Tarkowski, Thomas, Pieters; Glennon (Tucker), Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; Richardson, Barnes.

Burnley 4-0 Salford City

Braces for Josh Brownhill and Jay Rodriguez gave Burnley the victory in the day’s other game against Salford City.

The opening goal came through Brownhill after the midfielder linked up with Rodriguez and under 23s striker Rob Harker, who had earlier seen an opportunity fly over the bar himself.

Rodriguez made it two after the hour mark after he scored from a short distance following good work from former Bristol City man Brownhill and Phil Bardsley.

As the game wore on, the visitors began to tire, and the home side grabbed two more goals late on.

Firstly, Rodriguez pounced on a defensive error to grab his second and Burnley’s third before Brownhill wrapped things up with his second via a deflected effort.

Conor McAleny came closest for the visitors, seeing his effort saved by Will Norris.

Dwight McNeil was the difference maker with some wonderful deliveries throughout the game, doing no harm to his price tag.

New signing Nathan Collins lasted almost 90 minutes on his first appearance, but was replaced late on on what was a scorching day in the Lancashire sun.

Burnley XI vs Salford City: Norris (Triallist, 65th minute); Bardsley, Collins (Bedeau), Mee, Taylor; Thompson, Brownhill, Benson, McNeil; Rodriguez, Harker.

Burnley travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday for their first game in front of fans this pre-season, with games against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest before the end of the month.

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