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11 February 2019 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Bolton Wanderers U23
2 - 4
Burnley U23

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PREVIEW: Bolton U23s v Burnley U23s

Clarets back on league duty and looking to go second with 'derby' win

11 February 2019

The Clarets make a quick return to action with a trip to Bolton in the U23 Professional Development League tonight (Monday).

Steve Stone’s side kept their Premier League Cup hopes intact with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool last Friday.

And it’s now back to league duty and the chance to go second in the northern group with a win at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland (KO 7pm).

Stone is likely to make a couple of changes to the side that took an important point off Liverpool as he gives a number of young players some valuable game time.

And the Under-23s boss is also having to manage the workload with three games in eight days, including a trip to Hull City to follow on Friday night.

Fifth-placed Bolton have lost their last two league games but would go above the Clarets if they secure an 11th league win of the campaign this evening.

Burnley won an eventful first meeting between the sides last September when Dwight McNeil and Dan Agyei scored in a 2-0 win which saw the Clarets finish with nine men and Bolton with 10.

Admission to this evening's game is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions.

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Bolton U23s 2 Burnley U23s 4

Superb second-half fightback gives Clarets the points to go second in the table

11 February 2019

A superb second-half fightback saw the Clarets score four times to secure the win which took them up to second spot in the Professional Development League’s northern group.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Burnley’s three-game unbeaten run was in danger of coming to an end.

But Steve Stone’s youngsters raised their game to dominate the second half at Leyland’s County Ground and complete the double over their Lancashire rivals.

Three days after drawing with Liverpool to enhance their chances of progressing in the Premier League Cup, the Clarets made a handful of changes as midfielder Christian N’Guessan and defender Teddy Perkins both returned from long-term injury.

There was also a first starting chance for youth-team striker Michael Fowler (above).

And it was his goal with an hour gone which sparked the fightback.

Fellow second-year scholar Bobby Thomas then headed the equaliser two minutes later.

Josh Benson had a hand in all four goals

And the comeback was completed as substitute Dan Agyei headed Burnley in front before dead-ball expert Josh Benson curled in the fourth two minutes from the end.

The Clarets could have lead inside the opening couple of minutes as captain Anthony Glennon thundered an effort off the bar from a Benson corner.

Glennon, operating at left-back to accommodate the return of Perkins at centre-back for the first time since September, delivered a stream of excellent crosses before the break.

But no-one in a black shirt was able to get on the end of them and the Clarets allowed Bolton a soft lead from two defensive lapses.

Thomas was caught out in the first as Olowale Tanimowo was allowed to stroke Bolton in front.

And the Wanderers front-man doubled his side’s advantage six minutes before the break after Benson had been caught in possession.

Aiden Stone also needed to save from Bolton captain Harry Brockbank, but Bolton never threatened again once the Clarets took a grip after the break.

Fowler showed his predatory instincts to help the ball over the line from a Thomas header to make it 2-1.

And Bolton were unable to cope with the Clarets’ set-plays and the introduction of Agyei from the bench.

Thomas neatly guided in a header from another Benson corner to level the scores.

And after Agyei had been denied by Bolton keeper Jake Turner, he got the goal he deserved when powering home a header from a pin-point Benson free-kick.

The midfielder’s delivery had been impeccable and Benson got himself on the score sheet just before the end with a wonderful curling free-kick to cap another fine night’s work from Stone’s in-form side.

Bolton: Turner, Brockbank, Johnson, Zouma, Hartshorne, Earing, Doyle (Boon 62), Jones-Griffiths, Tanimowo, Duke-McKenzie (Navarro 73), Darcy. Substitutes: White, Aspinall, Brown.

Burnley: Stone, Cropper, Thomas, Perkins, Glennon, Bayode, Benson, N’Guessan, Blair (Chakwana 64), Fowler, Harker (Agyei 60). Substitutes: Calderbank-Park, Clarke, Yari.

Referee: Dean Watson

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