Burnley's Development Squad lost 2-1 to a strong Derby County side this afternoon at The Rams Moor Farm training ground.
First-team players Ryan Shotton, Jake Buxton, Johnny Russell and Leon Best all started the game for the hosts and following a slow start to the match, with no chances of note, the game exploded into life in the 15th minute.
Jamie Frost bent a curling effort just past the post before Derby countered from the resulting goal kick.
Leon Best punished the Clarets by capitalising on a slip from a Burnley defender and the Blackburn loanee slotted in the opener past Danjiel Nizic.
The Irishman then came close to doubling his tally but his first-time volley from a Paul Coutts cross was a whisker away.
Captain Steven Hewitt led by example in the centre of the park, alongside New Zealand international Cameron Howieson and Brandon Wilson
Hewitt, who was named on the first-team bench against Leicester City, came close to an equaliser but his strike from the edge of the box just whistled past the post.
After the break Burnley continued to battle and enjoyed the majority of possession but just couldn't find that killer edge.
On 60 minutes, somewhat against the run of play, Derby pressed and the lively Johnny Russell used his pace to stretch the back four and shoot at goal, before seeing his goal bound effort tipped away from danger by Nizic.
The Clarets performance had all the hallmarks of the first team with their constant pressure and never-say-die attitude forcing mistakes from the Derby defence, but an equaliser continued to elude Michael Jolley’s men.
With 20 minutes remaining Burnley were awarded a free-kick in a similar position to the one which Ross Wallace scored from at The King Power Stadium, but Howieson couldn't replicate it, with the effort rising over the crossbar.
Burnley's best chance fell to Jason Gilchrist after a defensive mistake landed at the striker’s feet, but the 19-year-old couldn't steer his effort beyond Roos.
With 12 minutes to play, Derby doubled their advantage with a fine strike past Nizic.
And while it was too late for a revival, Ntumba Massanka pounced on a mistake from Roos in the Derby goal, before being brought down in the last minute.
The striker dusted himself down and calmly placed the consolation goal into the bottom corner before the referee drew the game to a close.
Burnley: Nizic, Daly, Whitmore, Conlan, Nugent (O'Neill 75), Hewitt, Howieson, Wilson (Massanka 62), Hill (Azam 82), Frost, Gilchrist
Derby: Roos, Hanson, Shotton, Buxton, Naylor, Mascarell, Coutts, Calero, Russell, Best, Trialist