LUKAS Jutkiewicz made it five goals in five pre-season games as he warms up for the Premier League Chelsea opener.
The former Middlesbrough man scored twice against Spanish side Celta Vigo in a heated ‘friendly’ last night and will be hoping he has done enough to secure his place in the starting line-up against Jose Mourinho’s side on August 18.
Jutkiewicz played up front alongside Ashley Barnes in the absence of top scorer from last season Danny Ings who sat out the game with a slight hip injury.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tom Heaton started his first pre-season friendly after recovering from a calf injury which had sidelined him since July.
Celta Vigo, who finished ninth in La Liga last season, are on a tour of England after playing Norwich and Wolves in earlier games and drawing with both.
With another match against Everton tonight, they fielded nine graduates of their youth team in a weakened starting 11.
Burnley caught them out as early as the second minute when Dean Marney found Ross Wallace who played in the perfect ball for striker Jutkiewicz at the near post.
He got in front of the defender just eight yards out and fired the ball past keeper Ruben Blanco.
The Spanish side found their feet without testing Heaton until Jordan Dominguez’s free header on 13 minutes but it was a routine catch for the Clarets stopper.
Summer signing Jutkiewicz almost grabbed a second two minutes later when he shrugged off the attentions of the Spanish defender and fired goalwards from the edge of the area but his effort bounced off the post.
And then Ben Mee was unlucky not to open his account when he got on the end of a Wallace corner but his header was inches wide of the post.
Burnley were having a go from all over the park as they found space in the Spanish defence and they were certainly enjoying some shooting practise.
The best chances were falling to Jutkeiwicz and he came close to another on 19 minutes when he got the ball to the left of the area, after a swift passing move involving Scott Arfield and Dean Marney, but Blanco denied him with his legs.
It wasn’t so much a friendly after 30 minutes when a midfield pushing and shoving melee ensued following a challenge with most of the players getting involved at some stage, ending with Celta’s Santi Mina receiving a yellow card.
The chances petered out towards the break and Sean Dyche didn’t make any changes at the start of the second half as he gave his starting eleven more ‘match time.’ Celta Vigo made wholesale changes to what was more like their first choice team and almost capitalised on it in the opening minutes of the second half when substitute Fabian Orellana hit the woodwork with a curling effort which had Heaton beaten.
Burnley were now chasing the ball more than they were in the first half – something they may have to get used to in the Premier League.
Another sub Charles Dias headed over while Manuel Agudo Nolito forced a good save out of Heaton, as the keeper began to see more of the action.
They finally made the breakthrough on 69 minutes when Alex Lopez caught out the defence and lifted the ball over Heaton after a neat through ball by Orellana.
However the Clarets response was instant when Ashley Barnes did all the hard work on the left wing and drilled the ball across the area for Jutkiewicz to score from close range.
The Spanish side were once again back on level terms in a lively second half on 73 minutes when Nolito curled the ball into the bottom corner of the net after another swift build-up.
Jutkiewicz and Barnes both left the pitch with around 10 minutes left giving a chance to Steven Reid and Marvin Sordell as Dyche assesses his squad for the big Chelsea opener.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier (O’Neill 82), Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Marney (Taylor 66), Jones, Wallace, Barnes (Reid 79), Jutkiewicz (Sordell 79)
Subs: Gilks, Lafferty, Anderson, Hewitt, Gilchrist, Kightly, Long
CELTA VIGO: Blanco, Mallo, Mina, Larrivey, Costas, Madinda, Gomez, Araujo, Pino, Dominguez.
Subs: Alvarez, Fontas, Lopez, Diaz, Agudo Nolito, Orellana, Planas, Castro, Cabral, Krohn-Dehli, Ferreriroa, Fernandez