Former Newcastle United star Joey Barton was on target as Burnley beat Hartlepool United 3-0 in a friendly today.
The one-cap England international opened the scoring for Burnley in a 3-0 win over a Pools reserve XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Barton joined the Clarets at the end of last month and boss Sean Dyche is building the midfielder’s match fitness.
Pools fielded a side with plenty of senior experience, with two of Saturday’s used subs, striker Scott Fenwick and midfielder Brad Walker, both started in Lancashire.
So too did defender Dan Jones, who had lost his place after two appearances, plus Carl Magnay who is serving a suspension.
Pools had the first sight of goal when Connor Smith went through but couldn’t finish.
But Burnley took the lead on 20 minutes when Barton beat Peter Denton with a 25-yard free-kick into the keeper’s top corner.
Seven minutes later Norway midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad doubled the lead when he finished a good move with an impressive finish.
Scott Fenwick and Ebby Nelson-Addy had half-chances for Pools and Luke Hendrie had the last word when he made it 3-0 three minutes from time.
“We didn’t keep the ball well enough really,” said youth director John Hewitson who managed the side.
“We did have a couple of pretty good chances at the beginning and the end of the game but overall it was a deserved victory for Burnley.”
Pools: Denton, Magnay (Richardson 65), Worley (Varga 30), Nearney, Jones, Green, Walker (Briggs 85), Abbott, Nelson-Addy, Smith, Fenwick.
Subs not used: Dawson, Hawkes.