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04 March 2019 Venue Ipswich Town Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Ipswich Town U23
2 - 0
Burnley U23

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PREVIEW: Ipswich Town U23s v Burnley U23s

Clarets look to extend unbeaten run and enhance play-off prospects

4 March 2019

The Under-23s turn their attention back to their play-off challenge in the Professional Development League when they go to Ipswich Town this afternoon (Monday).

Steve Stone’s side booked their place in the last 16 of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

And it’s been a quick turn-around for the trip to East Anglia where the Clarets start their end-of-season run against teams from the league’s southern group, where Ipswich lead the way.

“The life of a footballer is one where you play the game, enjoy the win and recover all at the same time,” said Under-23s’ boss Stone.

“And then you go again, and we go again on Monday and there are some really big games coming up for us.

“I’ll mix the team up and give others an opportunity, which is all about development, and we’ll see how they go as well, and see if they will take the mantle like the rest of them have done.

“The first team, the under-23s, the 18s have been winning, and there are some players need who some games, who are good players and need to step up and show now.”

Stone is likely to give a breather to some of those that helped the Clarets progress in the PL Cup and extend their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.

A point from the game at Ipswich’s training ground (KO 1pm) will be enough to take Burnley back above Birmingham City into a play-off spot and second place in the league's northern group behind leaders Leeds United – who travel to Watford.

And Stone is looking to keep the momentum going as his side – also in the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup – challenges on three fronts.

“There’s loads to play for,” he added.

“When we lost at Barnsley after Christmas it was a bad game and a bad time.

“The Christmas period didn’t help us, having a few days off. The lads weren’t focused – I could sense – when they came back and trying to get them back on it was difficult.

“But after that I said to them ‘don’t let this season peter out. You’ve done really well’.

“And they have taken up the mantle. They have run with it and credit to them.”

Live Twitter up-dates from the U23s’ game at Ipswich will be available via @BurnleyOfficial with a report and reaction to follow.

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Ipswich Town U23s 2 Burnley U23s 0

Wind of change for young Clarets as Storm Freya sees unbeaten run end

4 March 2019

The U23s' unbeaten run came to an end on a windy afternoon in Suffolk.

With a much-changed side from the one that had beaten West Bromwich Albion to advance in the Premier League Cup last time out, the Clarets gave a first start at this level to striker Lewis Richardson.

And there was also a debut from the bench for Under-16 team-mate Ben Woods against a stronger and much more experienced Ipswich side who included first-team players Kayden Jackson, Andre Dozzell and Josh Emmanuel and held off a spirited Clarets' performance to bank the points with two first-half goals.

With the weather conditions playing a huge part in the opening 20 minutes and both teams having to adjust to Storm Freya, it was the Clarets who had the first real chance.

Seventeen-year-old Mitch George fizzed the ball across the face of goal for Richardson, who was lurking at the back post but narrowly missed the ball as it rolled out of play.

Mitch George went close for the Clarets

And minutes later Ipswich had their opener as Jackson broke into the box before teeing up El Minouzi, who slotted home from close range past a stranded Aiden Stone.

The hosts - leaders of the Professional Development League's southern group - had their second five minutes later as Joe Cotter back-heeled a loose ball into the net following a free-kick and goal-mouth scramble.

But the Clarets still looked bright and came close to pulling one back with Richardson striking the bar from a few yards out.

The break saw boss Steve Stone introduce 16-year old Woods and 18-year old Will Harris, and the young pair played a part in a much-improved second half from the visitors.

Burnley were inches away from snatching a goal with 20 minutes to play, as a Harris strike was parried into the path of Tinashe Chakwana, whose effort from a couple of yards out was excellently kept out by Harry Wright.

And Stone’s side then hit the bar for a second time, as George’s free-kick rattled off the frame of the goal before being cleared with the clock ticking.

Despite the Clarets’ best efforts at clawing something from the game, the young side fell to their first defeat since the first week of January to end an an eight-match unbeaten run and stay third in the northern section.

Burnley: Stone, Clarke, Cropper, Perkins, Wilson, Chakwana (Agyei 62), Trialist, George, N’Guessan (Woods HT), Harker (Harris HT), Richardson.

Ipswich: Wright, Emmanuel, Cotter, Ndaba (C), Webber, McGavin, Dozzell, Dobra, Dawkins, El Mizouni, Jackson.

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