The Development Squad top Group A of the Final Third Development League Cup, after a 1-0 win over Morecambe.
Josh Ginnelly’s late winner moved the Clarets to the summit of the four-team group, taking their tally to seven points from a possible nine.
However, only the winners of the group progress to the semi-final of the competition, and the Clarets can still be pipped by Fleetwood Town next month on goal difference. (See table below).
And following the conclusion of their group games, Clarets Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Michael Jolley is pleased at having a chance to progress.
He said: “It was a tough game. We had to be really patient today, but we wanted to get the win and we succeeded in doing that.
“Morecambe made the game tough because they camped in, got a lot of men behind the ball and we had to be really patient to get the goal, but we got there in end and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.”
The Development Squad conceded 13 goals in the previous three fixtures, but Thursday’s welcome win and clean sheet ended a sequence of three defeats.
Josh Ginnelly scored the winner.
Jolley added: “Having a settled back four helps and I thought young Tony Aghayere did well coming in. Although he didn’t have a lot to do, he did well with his distribution so defensively you always want to get a clean sheet and we did that.
“We want to win games and lately we have had a couple of games where results have gone against us, but the performances have been good and today we have got back to winning ways, which is pleasing.”
For the Development Squad’s second game in four days, Jolley opted to mix up the starting line-up, making six changes from Monday’s defeat against Blackburn.
Jolley said: “We had a real mixed bag today. Some senior lads like Matt Lowton got game time, along with Dean Marney, Tom Anderson and Kevin Long, who all played alongside some from the Youth Team.
Goalkeeper Tony (Aghayere) and striker Josh Dolling played and we like to get our Youth Team players involved as much as we can.”
With Fleetwood beating Morecambe 9-0 last month, Barry Nicholson’s side will progress if they acquire three points over the Bantams on goal difference. Fleetwood travel to Bradford City on Monday, 14th December 2015 (2pm kick-off).
Jolley concluded: “We will be hopeful of going through, but if Fleetwood go through then congratulations to them and we move forward as a group, but what’s pleasing is that individuals are making progress and that is ultimately what it’s all about.”
Burnley: Aghayere; Lowton, Anderson, Long, Whitmore;, Wilson (O’Neill 69), Marney, Hewiit, Smith; Dolling (Massanka 57), Frost (Ginnelly 57)
Group A Table:
P W D L GD Pts
Burnley 3 2 1 0 4 7
Fleetwood 2 1 1 0 9 4
Bradford 2 1 0 1 4 3
Morecambe 3 0 0 0 -14 0