Johann Berg Gudmundsson stepped up his return from injury with a two-goal performance as the Clarets hit back to draw 2-2 with Derby County’s Under-23 side at the Barnfield Training Centre.
Gudmundsson struck twice in the final few moments, including an equaliser from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the game, as he successfully completed the full 90 minutes.
The Iceland international hasn’t figured in the first team since suffering a knee injury in the Clarets’ FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Lincoln City in mid-February.
But after building up his fitness on the training ground since the start of the month, the winger got some useful game-time into his legs – capped by his late double blast.
His efforts secured an unlikely draw after Derby had dominated after the break and scored through Mason Bennett and Emil Riis Jakobsen.
Bennett – with a number of first-team appearances to his name – calmy slotted the Rams ahead after carving his way through the Burnley defence nine minutes after the break.
Dan Agyei was a constant threat
And 10 minutes later the visitors went 2-0 up when Danish striker Jakobsen bundled the ball over the line after the hosts had again been opened up.
But Nick Pope then saved well from Bennett to deny Derby a third – an effort from the rebound being chalked off for off-side – and Burnley kept going to set up Gudmundsson’s late flourish.
The wideman had been heavily involved through-out, testing Derby keeper Henrich Ravas with a deflected effort before the break.
But most of the chances in a first half which belonged to Burnley fell the way of Daniel Agyei.
Derby’s defence couldn’t handle the pace and power of the young striker but his finishing didn’t match his approach play as the Clarets failed to make their superiority count.
Agyei was twice denied by Ravas and failed to hit the target on another couple of occasions after forcing the openings himself as he did everything but score.
Derby had been limited to one first-half chance for England under-20 international Max Lowe – who has made nine Championship appearances this season.
But he was thwarted by Pope’s sprawling save and the Rams’ failure to kill off the game cost them as Gudmundsson finished in style.
A cross from substitute Brad Jackson teed up the 26-year-old for a smart finish as he drilled the ball home at the far post with four minutes to go.
And then in stoppage time, Freddy Yao was tripped on the edge of the box and Gudmundsson stepped up to calmly slot home the equaliser from the spot.
Burnley: Pope, Birch, Dunne, Olomowewe, Koiki, Gudmundsson, Thomas, Trialist (Yao 75), Leitch (Jackson 67), Ageyi, Trialist (Trialist 67).