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Burnley U23
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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PREVIEW: Under-23s v West Bromwich Albion U23s

Clarets look for victory to seal passage through in Premier League Cup

1 March 2019

It’s winner takes all for the Under-23s this afternoon – and that suits boss Steve Stone just fine.

The Clarets face West Bromwich Albion at Curzon Ashton on Friday (KO 2pm) in the final Group C game in the Premier League Cup.

And both sides know nothing less than victory will take them through to the knock-out stages of the competition after Liverpool’s victory over group leaders Bournemouth lifted them into the second qualifying spot.

“That makes it even better and changes massively how they go for it and how we go for it,” said Stone.

“They will be setting up to either suck us in to counter-attack, or they will go all out, and we have to be aware on both counts.

“But on the other hand, we have to dominate in what we do to them and that’s what we always look to do.”

Marley Blair scored twice as the Clarets beat Bournemouth 

Both Burnley and West Brom have been beaten only once so far, with the Clarets bouncing back from a 7-1 defeat at Bournemouth in their opening game.

They have since beaten the Cherries in the return as part of a five-match unbeaten run and took points away from home against both the Baggies and Liverpool.

And a win over a West Brom side which plays in the Second Division of Premier League 2 will now see Stone’s men finish top of the group to earn a home tie in the last 16.

“It would be a feather in the cap for the players for what they’ve done after the first result. We give them the credit for that,” added Stone.

“Whether it’s first or second I don’t think they will care. They just want to get through and the determination and the focus will be there.

“The lads have done brilliantly to get here and, as well as they have done, it’s now on them again.

“We have been applying a little bit of pressure to them – not so much about a performance – but to win a game.

“You ask different questions of them for different games and we are asking them to win tomorrow.”

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Match Reports

Burnley U23s 1 West Bromwich Albion U23s 0

Battling Burnley dig deep to secure last-16 cup place

1 March 2019

An early goal from Dan Agyei was enough to take the Clarets into the last 16 of the Premier League Cup as they completed their great escape from the group stage.

An opening 7-1 defeat at Bournemouth made it look a long way to the knock-out rounds.

But a brilliant unbeaten run since saw Steve Stone’s side top the group to set up a home tie next.

Going into their final game, the Clarets were sitting in bottom spot and knew nothing less than victory would do them.

That was the same scenario facing West Brom as Liverpool waited in the wings to sneak through with Bournemouth in the event of a draw.

And with just one goal in it from the second minute onwards that was always a possibility.

But with Agyei’s 21st goal of the season as a cushion, the Clarets produced a magnificently determined and disciplined performance, punctuated with further chances, to hold their nerve and book their passage through.

The Clarets couldn’t have asked for a better start than that given to them by Agyei inside the opening two minutes.

The leading scorer has been in a rich vein of form in recent games and continued it when he coolly tucked away a beautifully whipped-in low cross from Tunde Bayode.

And it could have been 2-0 moments later when Agyei again tore a hole in the Baggies’ defence with a storming run only stopped by a fine save from Alex Palmer.

The Albion keeper was to make another crucial save to deny Agyei again before the opening half was out after Rob Harker had laid off another telling delivery from Bayode.

A second goal would have given Burnley valuable breathing space and left the visitors with a mountain to climb to qualify.

But with little margin for error it needed a sharp save from Adam Legzdins to keep the Clarets in the driving seat when he kept out a fierce strike from dangerman Jonathan Leko.

The England Under-19 international – with a total of 27 first-team appearances to his name from his time at the Hawthorns and on loan at Bristol City – again carried the fight for the Baggies at the start of the second half.

He whistled a long-range effort just wide, but the Clarets refused to buckle with Legzdins called into serious action just once more to make an alert stop to keep out an angled effort from Rayhaan Tulloch as he ensdured a second successive clean sheet in the competition.

Burnley looked to relieve the pressure with 16-year-old substitute Lewis Richardson involved in their best move of the half which ended with Agyei squeezing in a shot which is parried by Palmer.

Agyei was always willing outlet as timed ticked away and West Brom poured forward in search of the goal that would given them a glimmer of hopes and dashed the Clarets’ dreams.

But they were never allowed a way through as a defence coaxed and cajoled by Legzdins – behind a midfield which admirably made up for the absence of the injured Josh Benson ­­– performed superbly to make it six games unbeaten in league and cup and keep Stone’s young charges competing on two fronts.

Burnley: Legzdins; Cropper, Thomas, Wilson, Glennon; Bayode, Wilson, N’Guessan (Perkins 77), Blair (Chakwana HT); Agyei, Harker (Richardson 66). Substitutes: Stone, Clarke.

Booked: N’Guessan, Glennon

West Bromwich Albion: Palmer; Ferguson, Solanke, Healy; Gardner-Hickman, Rogers, Azaz, Melbourne; Leko (Asomugha 86), Tulloch, Edwards. Substitutes: Brown, House, Gilbert, Delaney.

Booked: Tulloch, Ferguson, Rogers

Referee: Garreth Rhodes

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