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Everton XI 2 Burnley Dev Squad 1

31 January 2013

Youngsters take chance in Everton friendly

The Clarets’ Development Squad lost a friendly at Everton on Thursday morning but pleased coach Simon Weatherstone as a number of young players took the chance to impress.

Burnley were unable to repeat their recent 4-1 success over the Toffees at their Finch Farm training ground.

But Weatherstone (above) had no complaints after Cameron Howieson almost equalised for a second time late on after his earlier free-kick had made it 1-1 at half-time.

Jon Stewart impressed with a penalty save before Everton scored but was then beaten twice as the Everton held on for a 2-1 win.

“Everton played a stronger side than a couple of weeks ago which made it a great test for us and the younger team we had out,” said Weatherstone.

“It was a great experience for the young players and I was delighted with the performance and the approach of all them.

“Jon Stewart and Alex MacDonald helped the younger ones through, Stevie Hewitt was excellent and continues to improve alongside Luke Gallagher in midfield.

“Archie Love did well in a new defensive position alongside Alex Coleman, who wore the armband and led by example.

“And Brad Jackson, who is still a schoolboy, took his chance when he came on and did really well, along with another youth teamer in Nathan Lowe.”

Burnley: Stewart, Richardson (Lowe), Coleman, Love, Conlan, Hewitt, Gallagher, MacDonald, Howieson, Evans (B Jackson), Gilchrist (J Jackson). 

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