Michael Jolley praised the mix of youth and experience in Burnley’s side as the Development Squad beat Cardiff City to secure their first win in the Premier League Cup.
Ashley Barnes followed on from his match-winning goal for the senior side in last Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace with a double in a 3-1 victory over the Bluebirds at Turf Moor.
Patrick Bamford earlier opened the scoring as the Clarets’ under-23 side, boosted by over-age players Barnes, Kevin Long and Tendayi Darikwa, put three points on the board in Group B of the competition.
“It’s nice to be up and running in the group,” said Senior Professional Development Phase coach Jolley.
“Obviously we had some extra help with the senior players who needed game time.
“That helps the performance but I think the young players who played today contributed really well.
“It’s good when the team comes together like that, when you have got younger lads and senior lads playing together, so I’m really happy with that.
“Barnesy is on a high after Saturday and carried that on today with two good goals and nearly got his hat-trick.
“All the senior lads who played were first class.
“That’s one of the good things about our football club. When the senior players play in these games they have a great attitude and that’s really helpful to me as the coach and to the younger lads as well.”
Sunderland, the Clarets’ next opponents, lead the group with four points, with Burnley and Blackburn Rovers level on three apiece and Cardiff in bottom spot with one point. The top two go through to the last 16.