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Birmingham City U23 2 Burnley U23 2

10 November 2017

Burnley’s U23s were involved in another ding-dong affair as they shared the spoils with Birmingham City.

The Clarets looked to be back on winning terms after an own goal and a Jamie Thomas strike put them two goals to the good at the break.

But Michael Duff’s side, who drew 3-3 with Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on Monday, let the lead slip in the second half, albeit extending their unbeaten run to three games.

In a bright start by the hosts, James Clarke made a crucial early block to deny Corey O’Keefe, before Aidan Stone saved well from Was McDonald and then Rowan Hale.

But after Burnley grew into the game, they snatched the lead just before the half hour mark, through a stroke of fortune. 

Olatunde Bayode did well out wide and, following his cross, Blues defender Hutton slid the ball into his own net under pressure.

And seven minutes before the break, there was no luck involved as Thomas, pictured below, made it 2-0 top the visitors.

The Clarets striker took aim and found the net with a venomous strike to give Michael Duff’s side a two-goal interval lead.

City needed a lifeline, and, following a quiet start to proceedings, grabbed one midway through the second half, as Charlie Lakin drilled the ball home after following up Stone’s initial save.

And four minutes later, in the 72nd minute, the scores were level as McDonald found the bottom corner with a well-executed curling effort.

BURNLEY: Stone, Birch, Koiki, N’Guessan, Flowers, Clarke, McNeil, Nabi, Bayode, Thoma (Limb 80), Chakwana (Yari 70)

Subs: King, B Thomas, Jumeau.

 

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