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26 January 2019 Venue Alexandra Park Attendance

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Crewe Alexandra U18
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Burnley U18

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PREVIEW: Crewe U18s v Burnley U18s

Young Clarets kick off vital spell with trip to Crewe

25 January 2019

The Clarets' Under-18s are heading into a crucial period of their season, according to new head coach Tony Philliskirk.

Philliskirk's side currently occupies fourth place in the U18 Professional Development League and are only five points behind leaders Leeds.

Burnley go to Crewe on Saturday to face the Railwaymen at Alexandra Park (KO 11am), and then welcome the league leaders and fifth-placed Sheffield United to Barnfield in consecutive weeks.

“Crewe are a very good footballing team. Historically they’ve always had a very good academy record," said Philliskirk, who joined the Clarets last month and who has overseen an unbeaten start to 2019.

“We’re coming into a tough period and a crucial period. It’s been good because we’ve had a lot of players out on loan, a lot of second-year boys, and they’ve been back.

Left-back Matty Rain has benefitted from Ali Koiki's loan move to Swindon

“It’s given me a chance to work with them really closely and integrate them into the group and play them together on a Saturday.

“I will never criticise the spirit of the group, they really try hard, I’m just trying to emphasise now doing things right every single day, both on and off the pitch."

The Clarets - who beat Crewe 6-1 at home in November - are likely to be without defenders Bobby Thomas and Matty Rain, who have played in the last two U23 games and may be involved again when Steve Stone's side faces Birmingham City next Monday.

And Philliskirk is keen to see others follow the same path.

"We’ve had a couple of positives now that Matty Rain and Bobby Thomas are virtually full-time with the 23s,” he added. 

“If one or two of the lads go out on loan he (Stone) will be taking a few more up, which is great, that’s what it’s all about.

“Ultimately it does affect your selection on a Saturday for the youth team but the most important thing is lads progressing. If we have lads regularly in the 23s then that’s our role, to develop them as players.

“Steve’s identified what he’s looking for and what he wants in a player to step up to his level.

"A lot of them have been training with Steve for the last few weeks and I think he’s been quietly impressed.”

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Crewe Alexandra U18s 0 Burnley U18s 4

Michael Fowler on target again as young Clarets march on

26 January 2019

Top scorer Michael Fowler added two more goals to his collection as the Clarets extended their unbeaten run with a comfortable victory at Crewe.

Fowler struck in each half as Tony Philliskirk’s made it four league games without defeat in the U18 Professional Development League to keep their title hopes alive.

Dylon Meredith continued his resurgence with another goal as Burnley led 2-0 at the break.

And they wrapped up the points with two more goals in the second half from the in-form Fowler – who bagged a brace for the third game running since the Christmas break – and defender Dan Moss.

The Clarets face league leaders Leeds United – who beat Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United 3-2 to stay five points clear of Burnley – at Barnfield next Saturday morning.

Burnley: Allen, Woods, Moss, Taylor, Patterson, Kershaw, Yari, Trialist (Muparwi 60), Harris, Fowler (Major 83), Meredith (George 80).

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