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Metz On Target In Development Squad Win

3 May 2016

The Development Squad edged out Crewe Alexandra with a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

Second year scholar Khius Metz scored the solitary goal in the second minute, in the behind-closed door training match.

Duo Alex Whitmore and Josh Ginnelly both played 45 minutes on their return from their National League loans at Gateshead and Altrincham respectively.

And following a bright start, forward Metz (pictured below) used his lightening pace to open the scoring, hunting down a Crewe back-pass, blocking the clearance, and tapping into the empty goal.

Speaking after the win, Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Michael Jolley said: “After a terrific performance up at Middlesbrough last week, I thought our performance today was flat.

“We were looking to build on last week’s performance, but after taking an early lead we lacked quality and lacked intensity too.

“I had a chat with the players after the game today and I told them under no uncertain terms was today’s performance acceptable.”

Jolley, who spent two seasons at Crewe, is pleased with Whitmore and Ginnelly’s loans this season.

He explained: “Both players had successful loans and even though Altrincham were relegated, Josh was one of their better players and got himself some goals.

“Alex also contributed massively to a big rise up the table at Gateshead, so we are all pleased with their progress.”

And After the Clarets earned promotion back to the Premier League on Monday, Jolley insists his players now have a greater challenge ahead of them.

He added: “It does make the challenge more difficult for the players to get into the first team. That said, being a Premier League club may help us get more loan opportunities for lads,.

“But it’s great news for the Academy and the football club overall, with what is happening at the Barnfield Training Centre, so congratulations to everyone involved with the first team.

“Discussions will now be held to decide which direction we want to take the development group, whether it’s to get players into the first team or to get players out playing Football League football, as we have done with four of our players this season.”

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