BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche believes his side will take real benefits from last night’s friendly at Preston North End – even though they slipped to a late loss.
Josh Brownhill’s 89th-minute free kick gave Preston victory after Alan Browne had cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s opener.
Jutkiewicz had followed up his brace against Austrian side FC Grossklein with a 16th-minute goal at Deepdale.
“We wanted the game not just because of the locality but because of the physical demand,” Dyche said.
“I don’t think anyone will be surprised if Preston are up there.
“We wanted that test, we value that, the first 90 minutes for most of our players and an extended period for others so it was exactly what we wanted from the game, and it felt like a real game.
“Scorelines always concern me but they don’t concern me in any depth in pre-season, when the real thing starts that’s when it concerns me.”
The Clarets continue their friendly fixtures at Blackpool on Saturday, with the Tangerines adding former Burnley loanee Nathan Delfouneso to their squad yesterday.
Blackpool now have 12 senior players on their books, after spending most of pre-season with only eight.
Burnley then host Spanish side Celta Vigo on Tuesday, and Italian outfit Verona in their final warm-up game on August 9.
They start their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea live on Sky Sports on August 18.
The Clarets went into last night’s game without Tom Heaton, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid and Ashley Barnes because of injury.