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'Tis The Season To Be Jolley

30 July 2014

Development Squad manager, Michael Jolley says he is pleased with his side’s bouncebackability after they overcame Hyde at Ewan Fields.

The U21s fell behind in the first-half but a brace from Jadan Hall and a goal contribution from a player on trial with the club saw them run out 3-2 winners.

And whilst Jolley was disappointed with the first-half showing, he was pleased with the way his side made their way back into the tough test.

He said: “The first half we never really got going and conceded two poor goals and our quality in possession wasn’t good enough.

“We didn’t get enough pressure on the ball when they had it and it was a disjointed display really.

“We tried to address that at half-time and made some changes and I think in the second-half our performance improved significantly.

“We got back into the game quickly which always helps and it was a really good team effort to come back and win.”

Both sides had their fair share of trialists featuring, with Hyde’s 10 outnumbering Burnley’s five.

Adam Thurston opened the scoring for the Tigers in the 21st minute following a blip by Australian goalkeeper, Dan Nizic to allow the former Preston defender to finish into the open net.

The youngsters were shell-shocked just three minutes later when one of Hyde’s many trialists doubled their advantage with a lethal strike from 25-yards flying into the bottom-left corner.

The half-time whistle came as a godsend to the Clarets as Jolley brought on Alex Whitmore, Jaden Hall, Cameron Howieson and Nathan Lowe as the second half performance vastly improved.

Lowe, Howieson and Hall all featured in the First-Team’s victory against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The substitutes appeared to make the difference as the latter of the three earned and converted a penalty just three minutes into the half before he slotted home the equaliser just two minutes later following a neat through-ball from a trialist and Hall calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner under pressure in a one-on-one.

The turnaround was complete with 15 minutes remaining as a smart build-up from Alex Whitmore before Nathan Lowe threaded a diagonal ball to a Trialist’s feet before the winger showed a glimpse of skill before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner from the edge of the box to seal the win.

Jolley is looking to integrate under 18 players into the Development Squad at opportune times during the season as he feels this will be positive for their progression.

The majority of second-year scholars from the last campaign featured at Ewen Fields as they made that step-up, which bodes well for narrowing the gap.

“We would like to try and promote our U18 players through to the U21 side.
“There are some good players within that group and I’ve been speaking to Faz and I think we’ll start to see more of that where the U18s come through to the U21s and that progression is what it is all about.

“The development squad players that have been involved in the first-team have had a great experience but similarly with us, as the season edges closer I think it will be closer to a settled team.

“It might mean that a few of the lads start to play a few games with us again and it will start to settle down. At the moment, it’s a case where we are looking at different players who are on trial at present.”

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