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Burnley have come from behind to beat Derby County 2-1 today at Gawthorpe but it was the return of Charlie Taylor that will have been of the greatest benefit as we continue to prepare for the run in to the end of the season.

We were behind 1-0 at half time but Jimmy Dunne, who played one half alongside Ben Mee and one alongside James Tarkowski, headed in an equaliser before Jay Rodriguez, who has been on the bench recently, won it for us.

Jay Rod played almost 75 minutes but Dyche explained: “Most of them have played 45 minutes each. A couple have played a bit more, just for that match fitness and sharpness.”

He added: “Really it’s about keeping the players eyes in and not about scores or anything like that. We’ve got a long period without a game and you can only recreate so much in training. It’s more for the mentality and make sure their eye is in and make sure they’re ready to work when we go back to the real thing.

“It’s a bit of game practice for some and a bit of fitness for others, but mainly it’s a mental top up, the understanding of what we do and all the habits we’re going to need when we start the programme again.”

Apart from the players away on international duty, all the fit first teamers took part along with some of the under-23s.

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