SEAN Dyche believes the youngsters who have featured for Burnley in pre-season tests against Montpellier and Espanyol will learn from the experience.

It was another team of fringe first team players and youngsters who featured in the 2-0 defeat against the La Liga side.

Jimmy Dunne, Aiden O'Neill, Dwight McNeil and Dan Agyei all started against Espanyol, while youth team players Ali Koiki and Mace Goodridge came off the bench.

Dyche highlighted the pre-season performances of centre back Dunne, but felt all the youngsters will have learnt from the test.

"Jimmy Dunne has had a really solid pre-season, we like what he’s done," the Clarets chief said.

"Dwight got on the other night, unfortunately he’s nicked his hamstring at the end (against Espanyol), we hope not seriously, but he’s done well.

"Dan Agyei has had another run out today and found how tough it is, you’re playing against proper players today. Mason got on, Ali got on. It’s good for these lads.

"Aiden differently, he’s slightly longer in the tooth, but it’s good for these lads to get out there."

With the two Turf Moor friendlies coming either side of the Europa League ties with Aberdeen and before Thursday's trip to Istanbul, Dyche has had to shuffle his pack.

"The only challenge is we’re just having to throw it together a little bit," he said. "We were hoping some of the injured players were fit and we’d have some new signings in and we could map it out a bit better.

"It’s another 90 minutes in these players legs and we’ve certainly done well with the 90 minutes side of things, every player at the club has probably had a minimum of three, some as many as five."

Espanyol ran out comfortable winners at Turf Moor, with the Spanish side fielding a strong team.

"I think at the end they bought on their real first team, as we were getting tired they put on players which were quite obviously their first team players," said Dyche.

"They’re a good side, I thought it was slightly more challenging than the Montpellier game. It would have been even better if we could have played a real strong side."