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Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Burnley U21s

18 November 2014

Burnley U21's won 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers to seal their third win in a row.

Two long-range strikes from midfielder Nathan Lowe proved enough for the Clarets, who made eight changes to last week’s win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Head coach Michael Jolley experimented with his line-up, naming a back three of Shaun Hobson, Alex Whitmore and Luke Conlan in front of the ever-consistent Conor Mitchell.

Burnley played with two wings-backs in Luke Daly and Andy Nugent, with Captain Steven Hewitt playing alongside Nathan Lowe in midfield, behind a forward three of Jamie Frost, Jadan Hall and Jason Gilchrist.

The first-half burst into life just three minutes in when Lowe did well to regain possession before striking home from 25-yards.

The game soon settled down though, with Burnley’s defenders comfortably dealing with the 6ft 5” presence of Tom Eaves and the pace of Samni Odelusi.

Wanderers only real opportunity in the first half came 20 minutes in, when a Bolton midfielder produced a fine strike from range that looked destined to be the equaliser, was excellently stopped by Mitchell.

The only other chance of note in the first-half fell to Frost after a cross popped up to the forward, but Saturday’s Youth Team matchwinner couldn’t steer on target.

However, shortly after the restart Burnley doubled their advantage.

And it was Lowe who again had his shooting boots on, striking a half-volley from 30-yards into the top corner.

The Clarets went searching for their third and nearly found it through Jason Gilchrist.

A diagonal chipped ball from Hewitt with 20 minutes to play was met by Hall, who neatly laid-off Gilchrist for a strike that was superbly blocked.

But that turned out to be the last of the action in a convincing win as the Development Squad now turn their attention to Friday’s fixture at Liverpool.

Burnley: Mitchell, Hobson (Azam 59), Whitmore, Conlan, Daly, Nugent, Lowe (Jackson 66), Hewitt, Frost, Hall (Galvin 72), Gilchrist. 

Unused substitute: Aghayere

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