Michael Jolley’s strong development squad brushed Aston Villa aside as they ran out 5-0 winners at Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath Training Ground.A brace from Marvin Sordell along with goals from Ashley Barnes, Michael Kightly and Luke Conlan secure victory for Burnley against Aston Villa.
The Clarets made the perfect start to the contest in the first minute, when Ashley Barnes lit the blue touch paper for a fine performance, heading in Michael Kightly’s pinpoint cross from six yards out.
And that bright start showed no signs of relenting, when on nine minutes Ross Wallace tested the Aston Villa goalkeeper with a stinging shot from distance, before Steven Hewitt saw his volley from the edge of the box go just over the bar.
On 30 minutes, Burnley looked to have doubled their advantage but Kightly, who was a thorn in the side of Aston Villa for most of the afternoon, saw his effort ruled out for offside.
However, just after the half hour mark the second goal that had eluded Jolley’s side moments earlier came. Kightly worked space down the wing and crossed in, and when Barnes saw his header tipped onto the crossbar, Luke Conlan was on hand to head home the rebound.
After the break, Jolley’s men began to turn the screw and it was not long before they were out of sight. Wallace’s corner was met by Kevin Long but he saw his header turned off the line and Marvin Sordell's follow up went wide.
Barnes was again close to doubling his personal tally when his dinked effort towards the far corner was just inches away to making it 3-0.
On 58 minutes though, Burnley got a deserved third when Sordell was on hand to follow up Barnes’ flicked effort which struck the base of the post.
The strike duo were soon to combine again on 64 minutes, when a defensive error at the back for Villa saw Barnes’ neat back-heel fall to Sordell, who finished with aplomb to extend the advantage further.
The Clarets weren’t done there though, and wide-man Michael Kightly was next to get in on the act as his excellent play out wide was finally rewarded with a strike reminiscent of his goals against Blackpool and Barnsley in the 2013/14 campaign.
The winger cut inside from the left before firing an unstoppable effort in to the top right corner to round off the scoring at 5-0.
Burnley starting XI: Cisak, Reid, Long, Anderson, Conlan, Wallace, Hewitt, Daly, Kightly, Barnes, Sordell.
Burnley subs: Nizic, Whitmore, Galvin, Richardson, Frost.
Michael Jolley on the 5-0 victory…
“I think we went about our business in a really professional way.
“The younger lads were helped by the fact we brought a strong team down here and the first-team players attitude was spot on.
“They set the standard really and the younger boys contributed to that so overall it was really pleasing performance, backed up by a good result.
“What we’re trying to create is a seamless transition from the development squad into the first-team.
"A lot of the principles the gaffer and his staff have been working on, we’re trying to filter those down to the younger groups as well.”