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Steven Defour back in action

Steven Defour back in action

Burnley’s latest behind closed doors friendly today was against the touring Canadian side FC Edmonton, but the big news for watching manager Sean Dyche was the return of Belgian international Steven Defour.

Defour hasn’t played since coming off with a hamstring injury on 31st January but he played the first 70 minutes this afternoon in a strong looking Burnley team who won the game 2-1 with two of the younger players, Dwight McNeil and Dan Agyei scoring the goals.

Edmonton are over in England on a pre-season tour with Burnley one of four games they are playing with this the second, following a 2-0 win against Wigan three days ago.

McNeil, the youth team left winger, opened the scoring with a goal scored straight from a corner. That came midway through the first half and by half time we should probably have been further in front with Defour setting up a chance for Agyei which was saved and one for the trialist on view which hit the post.

There were just ten minutes to go when we got the second. Sam Vokes caused problems in the penalty box and it eventually left Agyei with the simplest of chances to stroke the ball home into the empty net from close range.

Edmonton had the last say with a goal in the last minute scored by El Salvador international Dustin Corea.

Burnley lined up: Nick Pope, Tendayi Darikwa, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Jon Flanagan, Trialist, Steven Defour (Arlen Birch 70), Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil (Jamie Thomas 85), Sam Vokes, Dan Agyei. Subs not used: Conor Mitchell, Jimmy Dunne.

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