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REPORT: Sheffield Wednesday U21 0-1 Burnley Development Squad

11 November 2014

A strong Burnley Development Squad including seven first team regulars beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at their Middlewood Road Training Ground.

After scoring the Clarets only goal against Hull City on Saturday, to seal Burnley’s first Premier League victory, Ashley Barnes replicated that scenario, volleying home Ross Wallace's inch-perfect cross in the 16th minute.

Northern Ireland U19 international Conor Mitchell kept a clean-sheet in goal, thanks to the experienced defensive line-up of Danny Lafferty, Ben Mee, Kevin Long and captain Steven Reid.

Ahead of them sat a midfield of Ross Wallace, Steven Hewitt, Nathan Lowe and a trialist, while Marvin Sordell complemented the match winner Barnes in attack.

Burnley were on the front foot from the off and found themselves unlucky not to be in the lead just one minute in, when Lowe burst through Wednesday’s back line and curled his effort just wide of the post.

Wednesday soon thought they had taken the lead through Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, but the striker had strayed just offside.

A first time cross from winger Wallace then set up Sordell, whose glancing header couldn’t find the back of the net.

But the decisive moment came in the 16th minute when Barnes connected sweetly with Wallace’s free-kick and the strike looped over the Owls stopper and settled into the far corner.

Provider Wallace nearly turned goalscorer with two efforts from range, both of which whistled past the post.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Clarets though and Mitchell needed to stay alert as he was forced to pull off a wonderful save in the dying stages of the first half.

Burnley had a trialist featuring in the starting eleven and he nearly found himself on the scoresheet shortly after the restart, heading against the post following great wing play from the industrious Wallace.

But by now Michael Jolley's side had done more than enough to earn victory and on another day they could have won far more convincingly.

Burnley: Mitchell; Reid (Daly 78), Mee, Long, Lafferty (Conlan 89); Wallace, Hewitt, Lowe (Gilchrist 89), Trialist; Sordell, Barnes.

Subs: Galvin, Whitmore, Hall

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