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Jolley pleased with Chelsea test

25 September 2014

Michael Jolley insists his Development Squad will benefit greatly from their friendly against Chelsea at their Cobham training ground on Wednesday.

The Clarets raced into a two-goal lead inside eight minutes against the hosts after goals from Nathan Lowe and Jason Gilchrist, but goals either side of the half-time whistle and late strike from Todd Kane condemned Jolley’s side to a 3-2 defeat.

Despite that, Jolley believes his side had just as many chances to win it and was delighted with the performance against tough opposition.

Jolley said: “I think when we reflect on it, it was a positive experience for our younger players.

“To see us go 2-0 up pretty quickly was brilliant and we caught them by surprise and I think we were deservedly two goals up as we were the better side for most of the first half.

“In the second half they improved and they obviously have some good players and we found it more challenging, but even at 2-2 I felt it was an even game and we had just as many chances to win it so overall I’m very pleased.”

“The way we want to play is on the front-foot and we want to play the game in the opponents half if we can and we certainly did that.

“Nathan scored a wonderful goal and then we got the second when Jason got himself in the right area.

“The way we started was fantastic. It was something we had been speaking to the lads about and they carried it out well today.”

Youth team players Ntumba Massanka and Christian Hill also travelled with the Development Squad, and while results naturally form a part of Jolley’s thinking, other outcomes from a game are also important as the manager looks to bridge the gap between the development squad and first-team.

He added: “We have to remember it’s a development game and we aren’t really in the results business at the minute but we do still want to win games.

“We have a whole other series of outcomes that we look for and one of them is to make sure all of the lads get the right exposure in these types of games and the two U18s Ntumba Massanka and Christian Hill have had a great experience today which is important.

“It’s really important that we bridge the gap between the academy and the first team and I’m trying to do that.

“Getting the lads into the first team group is what it’s all about and Cameron Dummigan has been around it this season and has been involved already this year and so have a number of the lads in pre-season.”

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