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26 February 2018 Venue Tameside Stadium Attendance

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Clarets Aim To Secure Knock-Out Spot

Group D decider as Burnley take on Swansea at the Tameside Stadium

26 February 2018

The Clarets’ under-23s look to secure their place in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup when they take on Swansea City in a Group D decider this afternoon.

Michael Duff’s side is in second place in the group behind leaders Newcastle United, who have already booked their passage through to the knock-out stages.

And the Clarets will join them if they avoid defeat against the Swans at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium (KO 2pm) to knock the holders out of the competition.

“We’ve done well so far and it would be nice to finish it off and get through,” said under-23s’ boss Duff.

“Swansea are a Category One Academy side so we know they have quality.

“But we did well down there and hopefully we can produce a similar performance.

“It’s a good test for the lads and part of their development going into a game where they know there is something riding on it.

“I was pleased with how we played at Bolton last week and with the same sort of commitment and desire hopefully we can get the result we want today.”

The Clarets have saved their best form so far this season for the competition, with three wins from their five games – including a vital 2-0 win at Swansea last month.

The Welshmen are currently going well in the first division of Premier League 2 – a couple of levels higher than the Clarets’ status in the Professional Development League – and have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to climb into the top four.

But they have so far beaten only bottom club Colchester home and away and taken a point from Newcastle in the cup, leaving them to play catch-up if they are to deny the Clarets, whose 1-0 loss at league leaders Bolton extended their losing run to four games since their victory at Swansea.

Coach Cameron Toshack (above) – son of former legendary Swansea manager John – said: “It’s important that we don’t leave the match with any regrets.

“There’s no hiding place. The players know what they have to do and have prepared very well this week.

“Burnley certainly proved to be difficult opponents when we played them at home and we won’t be taking them lightly.”

Newcastle also play Colchester this afternoon as Group D reaches a conclusion and if they fail to win Burnley would finish top of the table with victory over Swansea.

Live-up dates of the Clarets' game will be available via Twitter on @burnleyofficial with a full report and reaction to follow.

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Burnley U23s 0 Swansea City U23s 1

First-half goal takes PL Cup holders through as brave Burnley fall short

26 February 2018

The Clarets went out of the Premier League Cup as a first-half winner from Kenji Gorre denied Burnley the point they needed to reach the knock-out stages.

Burnley knew avoiding defeat would see them clinch second spot in Group D and a place in the 16.

But despite an impressive display against the holders, a solitary strike from Gorre – the son of ex-Barnsley and Huddersfield midfielder Dean – was enough for Swansea to avenge a defeat in South Wales in the reverse meeting and take them through by the skin of their teeth.

Michael Duff’s side gave everything to try and force the equaliser that would have seen them advance along with group winners Newcastle United.

And after Jordan Barnett had missed an excellent chance, Ntumba Massanka crashed a shot against the underside of the bar with 10 minutes to go as the Clarets came up just short.

The Clarets fielded their youngest line-up so far in the competition with Barnett making his first start and Jordan Cropper getting his first taste of under-23 action.

And Cropper impressed at right-back – alongside captain Arlen Birch who led by example – as well as delivering a dangerous long throw which looked the Clarets’ most likely route to goal in the first half.

Christian N’Guessan headed wide after Massanka had flicked on one of Cropper’s deliveries from the best of the openings, while Swansea were given only limited sights of goal at the other end.

Conor Mitchell made a smart early save from Jordan Garrick, pushing his effort onto the post, but Burnley’s one defensive lapse proved crucial with 36 minutes gone.

Swansea were allowed to ferry the ball across the pitch too easily and Gorre showed an assured touch to drill the ball across Mitchell into the far corner to claim the goal that maintained the Swans’ grip on the trophy.

In freezing conditions and flurries of snow on a pitch that needed to pass a pre-match check, things heated up even further after the break with both sides knowing one goal would change everything.

Mitchell made another important block to deny Liam Cullen the second goal that would have made things more comfortable for the visitors.

But most of the attacking was done by the Clarets as they pressed to keep their hopes alive.

Burnley have found goals hard to come by - not scoring since their 2-0 win at Swansea in January.

But they carried a threat here, the lively Jackson crossing for Barnett to lift an effort over the top with just under 20 minutes to go when the youth-team winner looked set to score his first senior goal.

And then with time running out, only the width of the crossbar denied Duff’s men a place in the next round and a reward for their efforts in winning at Newcastle and Swansea earlier in the competition when Massanka’s shot on the turn thundered against the underside of the bar and away from goal.

Burnley: Mitchell, Cropper, Birch, Wilson, Glennon, Jackson, Nabi (Koiki 90), N’Guessan, Barnett (Chakwana 72), Wood, Massanka. Substitutes: Stone, Younger, Thomas.

Swansea City: Bena, Davies, Harries, Cabano, Lewis, Garrick, Evans, Dulca, Gorre, Biabi, Cullen. Substitutes: Darame, Zabret, De Boer, Copper, Baker-Richardson.

Referee: Peter Wright

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