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05 April 2019 Venue Wilford Lane Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
2 - 1
Burnley U23

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PREVIEW: Nottm Forest U23s v Burnley U23s

Clarets look to get back to winning ways to keep top-two hopes alive

5 April 2019

The Under-23s are looking to bounce back at Nottingham Forest to keep their play-of hopes alive.

Back-to-back defeats last week ended the Clarets’ run in the Premier League Cup and saw them concede the advantage to Birmingham City in the race for a top-two finish in the Professional Development League.

But with three games to go, boss Steve Stone is challenging his players to put maximum points on the board and take their challenge to the end.

“I think everyone knows my mentality. There’ll be no slacking off and we’ll be looking to try and win all three games and see how that works out,” said Stone.

The Clarets beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 in Steve Stone's first game in charge last November

Stone takes Burnley to former club Forest this afternoon (kick-off 1pm at the club’s Wilford Lane training ground) knowing a positive result would take them above Birmingham into second place in the northern division before the Blues entertain Cardiff City on Saturday lunch-time.

But Birmingham’s better goal difference leaves the Clarets with little margin for error – with fourth-placed Bolton waiting in the wings for either to slip up – during the run-in.

Burnley end their home programme against Colchester United at the Barnfield Training Centre next Monday afternoon before going to Charlton for their final game.

After hosting Cardiff, Birmingham go to Bristol City on Saturday-week before ending their campaign at home to Hull City after the Clarets have completed their fixtures.

Live up-dates from this afternoon’s game will be available via @BurnleyOfficial

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest U23 2 Burnley U23 1

6 April 2019

The Clarets fell to a 2-1 defeat as first team experience helped Forest take all three points on a windy afternoon at the Nigel Doughty Training Ground.

The hosts boasted a wealth of first team experience, as former Leeds United and West Ham defender Sam Byram lined up alongside ex-Derby County forward Jamie Ward and Portuguese defender Tobias Figureido.
And Forest got off to a dream start as Byram broke down the right before crossing for Ward, who was lurking in the area to slot home past Aiden Stone.
The Clarets’ first real chance was when Tinashe Chakwana was fed through on goal after beating the Forest back-line, however Forest midfielder Tyrese Fornah intercepted the strikers run, before clearing the danger.
The break saw Steve Stone introduce Josh Benson as he makes his way back to full fitness, along with Dan Agyei, as Mark Howarth and Will Harris made way.
However, despite the visitors pushing for an equaliser it was Forest who struck again, as substitute Yasser El-Neyah fired low past Stone with 20 minutes to go.
Shortly after, Burnley came close to pulling one back, as Benson’s free-kick from the edge of the area sailed just over the bar.
And just as it looked not to be the Clarets’ afternoon, Benson pulled up and had to be replaced by James Clarke with five minutes to go.
However, Stone’s side did pull a consolation goal back in the last minute, as Bobby Thomas glanced a header home past Wright.
Burnley: Stone, Cropper, Thomas, Wilson, Glennon, Bayode, Howarth (Benson HT Clarke 84), N’Guessan, Chakwana, Harris (Agyei HT)
Subs: Calderbank-Park, Perkins.
Forest: Wright, Byram, Preston, Taylor, Figureido, Stewart, Ward, Fornah, Hayes, Johnson, Mighten.

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