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Jolley Pleased With Senior Players

2 December 2015

Michael Jolley was full of praise for a strong Burnley Development Squad as they beat Rochdale 4-3 at Gawthorpe on Tuesday.

Eight senior players were in the squad for the visit of Rochdale in an attempt to get valuable minutes under their belts.

And a strong performance by the players was noticeable as Matt Taylor, Michael Kightly and fit-again Dean Marney all played 90 minutes.

And Jolley was pleased with the result.

He said: “We deserved the win. We scored four and we could have had more.

“But credit to Rochdale they stuck in there and we were hanging on to a game that should have been out of sight”.

“The main aim though was to get the senior players’ minutes and they’ve all come through with no problems, so it’s a good day”.

“The main objective today was obviously to get the senior players’ game time so, as the gaffer says, when they are needed they need to be ready.

Boss Sean Dyche watched on as both sides fielded strong sides in an entertaining game.

Jolley added: “We told Rochdale we were going to be strong and they brought a good side down as well, so I thought it was a really good game and everyone the manager wanted to get minutes did.”

Makeshift defender Aiden O’Neill, central defensive partner Tom Anderson and two-goal striker Ntumba Massanka also started alongside the senior players.

And Jolley was fully of praise for his Development Squad regulars.

He explained: “I was pleased for Ntumba. He took both his goals well and he had a few chances.

“I’d have liked to see him take a chance with his left (foot) but he’s a good character and has a good attitude, so we will keep helping him improve.

“We also have high hopes for Aiden. He’s a centre midfielder but he dropped in at centre back today and he performed admirably, approached the game well and was calm in the match and behaved in a sensible manner and I thought he was excellent.

Despite scoring four goals in the friendly, the only negative Jolley voiced from the game was the fact the side could have been more clinical.

Jolley added: “We had numerous other chances to add to that. If were being overcritical we should have scored more and when they scored the third towards the end that made it a little tighter, but it showed good signs that we are creating so many chances and played well.”

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