Michael Jolley was delighted his youngsters showcased their talents in the convincing 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Monday.
The Clarets cruised into the second round of the U21 Premier League Cup as a Ntumba Massanka brace and a goal from Tom Anderson extended the Development Squad’s unbeaten run to nine games.
And Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Jolley was glowing in his appraisal as the Clarets earned a home draw against Barnsley in the second qualifying round.
He said: “I am really proud of the team. We have been on a good run recently and this was a fixture to showcase how we play and the lads were excellent all the way through, so I’m delighted with the win, and to progress of course.
“I was delighted with how the lads defended to get the clean sheet and we want to move forward from that.
It’s nice to win one game, but we want to go deep in this competition and equally we want to get some of the lads around the first team, which is ultimately why the Development Squad exists.”
Massanka scored his seventh goal in five outings, before Anderson sealed the win late on against a side that featured Don Cowie, Grant Holt and former Claret Chris Eagles.
Jolley added: “Wigan obviously had some experienced players, so we had to be respectful of that, but our team shape and work rate was good and those are exactly the things we want to implement because that is what is expected of them at first team level.”
Manager Sean Dyche witnessed the win, along with First Team Coach Tony Loughlan and Goalkeeping Coach Billy Mercer.
And Jolley concluded: “The Gaffer was pleased after the game with the way we played. We went about the game exactly the way he wants us to and whenever the manager is watching it gives the players an added bonus.
“Ultimately all the lads want to try to impress him and get in his plans, so hopefully a few of them have done that.”