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04 December 2018 Venue Alexandra Park Attendance

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Crewe Alexandra U23
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Burnley U23

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Young Clarets Aim For Top Spot

Under-23s at Crewe looking for result to leapfrog Leeds at the top

4 December 2018

The Clarets’ Under-23s are at Crewe Alexandra this afternoon looking to go top of the table.

Steve Stone’s in-form side stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with last Friday night’s 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League Cup.

And back on league duty, a point at Crewe will be enough to take Burnley above Leeds United to top spot in the U23 Professional Development League’s northern division.

Crewe – who were beaten 3-2 by the Clarets at Curzon Ashton at the start of October – are currently fifth in the table but are in good shape themselves and would go above Burnley with a seventh successive victory.

Tinashe Chakwana – who shared the goals with joint top scorer with Dan Agyei in the last meeting between the clubs – returns to the Clarets’ squad and starts on the bench, but defender Olly Younger is still absent through injury.

The game at Crewe’s Alexandra Training Complex at Reaseheath kicks off at 1pm.

Burnley: Lindegaard, Cropper, Glennon, Clarke, Koiki, Howarth, Benson, Taylor, Blair, Agyei, Bayode. Subs: McMahon, Harker, Thomas, Cook, Chakwana.

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Clarets move top as Anders Lindegaard saves penalty to extend unbeaten run

4 December 2018

The Clarets got the point they needed to move to the top of the Professional Development League’s northern division.

A first-half goal from Jordan Cropper and a penalty save from Anders Lindegaard extended Burnley’s unbeaten run to nine games.

And ending Crewe’s six-game winning streak was enough to take the Clarets to the top of the table on goal difference – edging ahead of Leeds who they face at the Barnfield Training Centre next Tuesday.

Another youthful Clarets’ line-up went ahead when a cross from right-back Cropper (above) after 13 minutes was deflected into the net.

Midfielder Josh Benson almost doubled the lead with a long-range free-kick which clipped the top of the crossbar.

Crewe equalised with just over an hour gone when Travis Johnson picked out Oli Finney to fire home via the underside of the bar.

The Alex then had a chance to win it just three minutes later when Finney’s shot struck a hand in the penalty area.

But the Clarets’ keepers have made a habit of penalty saves in the under-23s this season.

And Lindegaard took his turn to step up by making a fine block to turn away Tommy Lowery’s attempt and keep Steve Stone’s men climbing.

Burnley: Lindegaard, Cropper, Glennon, Clarke (Cook 16), Koiki, Howarth, Benson, Taylor (Harker 70), Blair (Chakwana 50), Agyei, Bayode. Subs: McMahon, Thomas.

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