Preston North End 0 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
September 1 2020
The Clarets continued their pre-season build-up with a useful work-out at Deepdale which brought a first Burnley appearance for summer signing Will Norris.
The goalkeeper played for 45 minutes for the first time since his summer signing from Wolves.
And his contribution was one of a number of plus-points on a day when manager Sean Dyche utilised 20 players to build up their match fitness.
Following split shifts against Tranmere and Shrewsbury at the weekend, Dyche brought his squad together for their first combined outing of the build-up.
And they made the most of a competitive fixture lacking only an end product with beneficial run-outs for all the fit and available players.
With James Tarkowski not risked due to a minor knock and added to the list of absentees – which still includes Ben Mee, Kevin Long, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes – the Clarets started with the youthful central defensive airing of Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas in the middle of their back four.
Both again did their causes no harm in front of Norris as he made his bow.
And likewise the 27-year-old seized his opportunity presented by Nick Pope and Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s international commitments with a polished performance featuring one top-class save to keep out a free-kick from evergreen North End midfielder Paul Gallagher.
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