It was the day when former Turf Moor assistant John Ward came up against former
Ward was certainly happy with the way his players equipped themselves against the Clarets in the drawn game. “For us it was as good as last week against
“We talked before the game and said that if we can’t win against them, then we don’t want to lose. We want to win at home but we were playing a big team so I was pleased with the application of the players.
“We had two young boys at the back in Scott Brown and Mike Townsend who have not played in the first team. We know they can play and what you are sometimes not sure of as a coach is whether their temperaments are right. They have come on today against tough opponents and shown me that if I need to play them they are extremely capable.”
Steve Cotterill enjoyed his return to
“As first games go we were pleased with it. We had a new team last year and we have a new team this year, so it is important to start off with a clean sheet, a goal and a win. We’ve started with a clean sheet, so all we need now is a goal and a win.”
He received a very warm welcome from the
Of the new players he said, “It’s hard for them to be dropped straight in there, but I though they all did well. Johnny Mac and Wayne Thomas will get a good understanding going at the back and I don’t think either Danny Coyne or Brian Jensen had a save to make.”