New signing Ben Gibson at Turf Moor
Last Updated: 05/08/18 6:45pm
Burnley finished pre-season on a losing note after Espanyol claimed a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche rested the players who were taken to extra-time in Thursday’s Europa League triumph over Aberdeen and second-half goals from Didac and Sergi Darder secured victory for the La Liga side.
It was a low-key end to the Clarets’ preparations for the new Premier League season but new signing Ben Gibson – a £15m arrival from Middlesbrough – was in attendance.
Kevin Long nodded a good Burnley chance wide midway through the first half but Clarets goalkeeper Adam Legzdins – making his second start for the club – was kept busy, tipping over Hermosa’s header and then denying Perez with an outstretched leg.
Espanyol finally broke his resistance five minutes after the break when Didac poked in following a slick passing move.
The Spaniards sealed the win three minutes from time, Darder finding the bottom corner from 20 yards.
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