Clarets win to end the tour

Last updated : 04 August 2007 By Tony Scholes
The disappointments of Abtenau were forgotten as the Clarets turned in a much better performance against the Cypriots and gave the healthy following plenty to enjoy and much to think about ahead of the new season.

Was the starting eleven close to Steve Cotterill's starting line up for the West Brom game? Many thought so, unless there are injuries or possible new signings that change things.

The opening goal came courtesy of an own goal from a Limassol defender who turned a Robbie Blake free kick past his own goalkeeper, but when we doubled the lead it was pure Robbie.

He looked relaxed and happy to be back in a claret & blue shirt when he spoke to fans ahead of kick off and we knew he was well and truly back when he picked the ball up at least 35 yards from goal, looked up and gave the keeper no hope with a shot into the corner.

He was linking up well with Andy Gray and it was some superb play on the ball from Gray just before half time that saw us go 3-0 up. He took the ball and turned after an exquisite drag back to lay the ball off for Chris McCann who finished expertly with a shot along the ground from twenty yards.

There were plenty of changes at half time but the Clarets continued to dominate the game and Joey Gudjonsson completed the scoring with a 25 yard shot that the keeper perhaps could have done better with. Having butter on his gloves proved not to be the best of ideas.

That was it, the final goal of pre-season and now we're ready for West Brom.

Team: Gabor Kiraly, Michael Duff, Stephen Foster, Steven Caldwell (Jon Harley 70), Stephen Jordan, Wade Elliott (Besart Berisha 45), James O'Connor (Joey Gudjonsson 45), Chris McCann (John Spicer 45), Steve Jones (Alan Mahon 45), Andy Gray (Ade Akinbiyi 45), Robbie Blake (Kyle Lafferty 45, Jay Rodriguez 80).