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Returning Loan Men Help Dev Squad Win

9 May 2017

Tom Anderson and Aiden O'Neill returned to Burnley colours and helped the Development Squad to a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Anderson is back from a season-long loan spell at Chesterfield, while O'Neill (above) has completed his temporary stay with League One rivals Oldham Athletic.

The pair both featured - along with Alex Whitmore on his return from Morecambe - as the Clarets scored three times in the second half through Dwight McNeil, an own-goal and Jamie Thomas to secure victory at the Baggies' training ground.

There was little between the sides before the break, although striker Ntumba Massanka - who has completed a loan spell at National League side Wrexham - came close to giving Burnley the lead when he lifted a shot over the bar after being released by Arlen Birch. 

The Clarets came out on the front foot after the break, playing some wonderful football, and again went close when Birch whipped in a fine ball towards Dan Agyei in the area before the danger was snuffed out.

And the visitors did take the lead just after the hour mark when Birch's free-kick was flicked into the path of McNeil, who slotted in to make it 1-0.

Michael Jolley's men then went two up after 75 minutes as Thomas broke through on goal before an attempted square pass to Ageyi was sliced into his own net by an Albion defender.

And moments later it was 3-0 as Thomas was played in by a trialist and guided the ball into the top corner.

As it stands, the Development Squad has one fixture pencilled in at Middlesdbrough next week to finish their season.

Burnley Dev Squad: Trialist, Whitmore, Anderson, Dunne, Koiki, McNeil, O'Neill, Trialist, Birch, Massanka (Thomas 65) Agyei (Wood 72).


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