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Jolley: “We Played In the Burnley Way”

25 March 2015

Michael Jolley was delighted with his youngsters playing the ‘Burnley way’ as they beat Newcastle United 4-1.

Since his arrival in July, Jolley’s primary objective has been to develop players and give them the best chance to succeed at first team level in the future.

To do that, players of the youth team and development squad need to be able to slot in comfortably at any level and play at the same high tempo of the current first team.

Speaking after the victory, Jolley said: “It was a typical Burnley performance with a clear identity of how we want to play. We played with great energy, great pressing and some real quality too, so overall I was delighted with the performance.

“We want to get the message about our style of play deep into the academy. We have regular staff meetings to make sure we are all working in the same way, all the way from the first team down.

“A big club like Newcastle are going to have good players in all of their teams and that was certainly the case but I was excitingly happy with how our younger players did, despite not playing a lot of u21 games. They all slotted into the game comfortably and some excelled too.

“Definitely in the U18s and the development squad, we want the messages to be the same, so for when a young player steps in, he already knows what is expected of him.

The Tuesday afternoon fixture, which took place at Gawthorpe, produced an excellent performance and three of the four goals came from players eligible to play for the youth team.

The visitors opened the scoring before Ntumba Massanka scored in each half, either side of Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly efforts.

Jolley added: “I thought the first half we really took the game by the scruff of the neck. It was disappointing to concede early on, but I thought the players did exactly what we asked of them throughout the game.

“Newcastle wanted to play out from the back, but we pressed really well and the midfield players were the heartbeat of the team, giving us good energy.

“I think we were unlucky to have not scored more in the first half, I thought we created some really good chances.

“The second half was more about us keeping our shape, continuing to press to make sure they couldn’t get back into the game and look for a chance on the counter attack.”

The development squad face Bolton Wanderers next up on Tuesday, March 31st, 11am kick-off.

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