Michael Duff welcomed one of his side’s best performances of the season as the under-23s beat Barnsley 1-0 to record a third Professional Development League win of the season.
A youthful line-up continued the Clarets’ climb up the northern section of the table as a Tunde Bayode goal 16 minutes from the end lifted the Clarets up to seventh spot.
“I thought we were excellent. It was a good game,” said Duff, whose team is now unbeaten in four games.
“The first half was cagey but it was an enjoyable game to watch and we bossed it second half.
“We played three in the middle and asked the three to get on the ball a little bit more and dominate their two, which they did
“On chances, I can’t remember Aidan (Stone) making a save and we have had a number and a couple of one-on-ones.
“The most pleasing thing was the performance. I’ve said all the time that while we are in this league it’s important to win games and when you’re 1-0 up with five minutes to go it’s important to see it out.
“But it’s probably the first time we’ve had a performance and a result.
“We’ve played well a couple of times and drawn games and had a couple of heavy ones, but that’s as good as we’ve been recently.”
Jamie Thomas was the oldest player in the Burnley line-up at the age of 20, with starting centre-backs James Clarke and Scott Wilson both 17.
Goal-scorer Tunde Bayode is only 18 and scored his second goal of the season to deservedly claim maximum points.
“It would be tough to single somebody out, but that’s what he can do. The test for him now is doing it again and don’t be happy with one goal, but go and get two and three, which he could have done,” added Duff, whose side is back at the Tameside Stadium next Monday night to face Bolton Wanderers.