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Shadow Squad sends out right message

8 January 2013

Simon Weatherstone delighted with friendly win

The Clarets’ coaching staff could barely find fault with a near flawless performance from the Development Squad as they beat an Everton XI 4-1 on Merseyside.

Junior Stanislas and Alex MacDonald shared the goals against a young Toffees side which was second best to a Burnley line-up containing a mix of fledgling professionals and first-team experience. 

“It was a fully professional performance and we were delighted with the scoreline at the end of it,” said Development Coach Simon Weatherstone.

“The message we have been giving to the lads is to create a tempo by working hard, by getting on the ball and moving for each other and be positive with their passes and it was a thoroughly impressive performance.

“The first-team lads who dropped down have given a message to the gaffer and the staff.”

While Stanislas, out of the first-team picture since mid-December, and MacDonald, who recently ended a loan spell Plymouth Argyle, caught the eye in front of goal, there was plus-points all over the pitch as the young players took their chance to make a mark.

“Tom Anderson has come in and was exceptional. He’s been on loan at Barrow and done really well,” added Weatherstone.

“The front two were a real handful (MacDonald and Wes Fletcher) and the trialist in the middle did really well with Stevie Hewitt.

“I thought they dominated the middle of the park, which was good, and the lads who came on will have gained great experience from it, especially playing with the first-team lads.

“Kevin Long was captain today and they helped him along.”

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