Burnley 0-2 Cadíz CF: Clarets pre-season ends in defeat
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Burnley suffered a first defeat of pre-season, after being outclassed by La Liga side Cadíz CF.

Goals came from Martin Calderon and Alex Fernandez either side of half-time, despite Burnley seeing a lot of the ball and controlling much of the game.

Story of the game

Burnley started the game brightly with Ashley Westwood’s floated corner was headed past the post at the back post by James Tarkowski – a chance he would like to have again.

Matej Vydra was bundled over inside the area but nothing was given, before Alex Fernandez had a great chance for Cadíz with a header.

Nick Pope and Chris Wood returned to the starting 11 for the first time in this pre-season, with the ‘keeper looking sharp when claiming crosses.

And Wood had a good chance himself, who volleyed over the bar from close range after great work from Charlie Taylor.

But, against the run of play, the visitors opened the scoring with a piledriver from Martin Calderon right before half-time.

And, almost immediately after half time, it was two as Fernandez headed home for the Spanish side.

Burnley reacted well, substitute Jay Rodriguezwas felled in the box but nothing was given before and substitute, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, saw his curling free kick saved by Conan Ledesma.

As the game progressed, The Clarets kept hold of the ball well but couldn’t create much, with Rodriguez unable to find the target from inside the box.

Cadíz were on the ropes in the final ten minutes without being in any danger of conceding as Burnley pressed for a goal, but struggled to create anything of note.

Despite it being just a friendly game, Ashley Barnes was putting himself about in trademark style, but couldn’t direct his energy to creating a chance.

It could be interpreted either way in that Burnley struggled to score – a common Clarets problem – or that they were able to keep possession strongly throughout the game and looked the better side.

The game petered out and Burnley’s unbeaten pre-season run was ended, ahead of next weekend's Premier League opener with Brighton and Hove Albion.


Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor (Lennon, 68); Brownhill, Cork (Gudmundsson, HT), Westwood, McNeil (Pieters, HT); Vydra (Rodriguez, 53), Wood (Barnes, HT).