ACCRINGTON Stanley may have suffered defeat on the pitch against Burnley but got a welcome boost to their coffers.
Stanley get to keep the gate money from the annual pre-season clash and, with a crowd of more than 3000 on Saturday, the money will help the Reds' build up to the League Two season which starts on August 9.
Goals from Joey Gudjonsson, Robbie Blake and Besart Berisha gave the Championship side the victory but boss John Coleman felt his keeper Kenny Arthur could have done better as the first two came from free kicks.
"We gave away silly goals and lost our way a bit in the second half," said the Reds chief.
"You would expect Kenny to do better with both of them and he knows that. We got lazy in our minds and fell asleep a couple of times and that cost us.
"We did have chances and didn't take them but this game is a financial boost. We have developed a solid relationship with Burnley and they always bring their first team which attracts a large crowd. We just need these type of crowds to watch us in the league.”
Stanley gave a debut to Blackburn Rovers on loan striker Jamie Clark and he showed his pace and trickery but could not find a way past the solid Clarets defence. The 19-year-old has signed until Christmas and Coleman hopes he will form a strong partnership with Reds' hitman Paul Mullin.
Centre halves Colin Murdock and Phil Edwards did limit the Clarets' £1.3m record signing Martin Paterson and Joey Gudjonsson up front although winger Wade Elliot proved a trickier customer and hit the post in the opening stages of the game.
Coleman would have been the happier manager with it goalless at half time but it soon changed four minutes after the restart when Gudjonsson blasted a free kick into the top of the net, even though Arthur got both his hands to it.
Then striker Blake made it two firing the ball home from the wing and catching the Reds' keeper out as he anticipated a cross on 66 minutes.
Albanian interational Besart Berisha capped his return from a cruciate ligament injury by beating three players and scoring a superb solo goal for the Clarets.
Stanley are next in action on Tuesday night at Burscough.
STANLEY: Arthur, Cavanagh, King, Edwards, Murdock, Procter, Miles, Craney, Clark, Mullin, Grant: Subs: Dunbavin, Richardson, Ouamara, Jahrow, Moore, Ryan, Flower, Turner, Bell, Murphy, Williams.