Hearts continued their preparations for the 2020/21 campaign with a friendly defeat to Burnley.
The Jambos gained another good workout against strong opposition, with the English Premier League side running out 4-1 winners in the closed doors match at Burnley’s training centre.
Robbie Neilson fielded the same XI that started the midweek friendly victory over St Mirren, which meant starts for summer arrivals Jordan Roberts, Josh Ginnelly and Craig Gordon.
It was the Jambos who threatened first. Loic Damour chested down to Ginnelly, who found Olly Lee in the middle of the park. He burst forward and pulled the trigger from 20-yards but saw his effort saved by Norris.
The hosts took the lead on five minutes from the spot. A long ball sailed over the Hearts defence and the exposed Gordon brought down Richardson. Rodriguez stepped up and fired his penalty high and beyond the Scotland keeper.
Jamie Brandon’s heroic last-ditch tackle on Richardson kept the scoreline down, as did a wonder Gordon save from Lowton.
The second goal did come after 18 minutes when a corner wasn’t cleared and a knockdown fell to Thompson who bundled home from close range.
At the other end. Craig Wighton fired a volley wide while Roberts cut inside the bent a shot past the post.
Rodriguez passed up a brace of chances for Burnley before the Clarets added a third on the half hour mark. Gordon made another smart save and Chris Hamilton blocked Rodriguez’s follow up, but Richardson was on hand to slam home at the third time of asking.
The Jambos pulled one back seven minutes later. Some patient build up play saw Lee thread Wighton through, and the striker slotted past the onrushing Norris.
Two minutes after the restart it was 4-1. Gordon’s pass towards Aidy White was intercepted by Gudmunsson, who chipped the keeper from just outside the box.
Hearts went close when White gathered possession on the left to cross for Roberts but his stunning first-time volley flew just over the bar.
Gordon pulled off another couple of impressive saves, from Lowton and Pieters, while substitute Lewis Moore got on the end of Elliott Frear’s cross but could only steer the ball wide.
Harry Cochrane blasted a long-range effort over the bar before the game came to a close, in what proved to be another valuable experience against top class opposition.
Burnley: Norris, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters, Westwood, Benson, Gudmundsson, Rodriguez, Thompson, Richardson.
Hearts: Gordon, Brandon, Hamilton (Trialist, 46’), Halkett, White (Garuccio, 65’), Damour (C. Smith, 65’), Lee (Cochrane, 65’), Walker (Irving, 46’), Roberts, Ginnelly (Moore, 65’), Wighton (Frear, 46’). Subs not used: Stewart