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Townson Praises Clarets' True Grit

Stand-in boss delighted with work ethic as Burnley go through in Youth Cup

27 November 2017

Acting boss John Townson praised the Clarets’ work ethic as they sneaked into round four of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a superb late goal from Jordan Cropper.

The 17-year-old powered in a long-range effort six minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win over Leeds United.

Cropper’s effort on his first appearance at Turf Moor came against the run of play but was enough to take Burnley through as they dug deep to keep their Roses’ rivals at bay.

“It was a great strike. He started out at right-back and ended out up front,” said Townson, who led the side in the absence of Under-18s boss Danny Cadamarteri.

“I’m pleased for him, Jordan works really hard and he took it really well.

“I said to the lads ‘you can’t always play well, but what you can do is work hard, work together and compete’, which is massive at this club.

“I think we did that and that’s why we got the result.

“They played the better football, there’s no doubt about that, and on another day they might have won.

"But all we can do is work hard, compete, win your one-v-ones. Hopefully we’ll play better next week and in the next round, you’d like to think so. But the lads got through and that’s all we can ask.”

Townson and Michael Duff rekindled the coaching partnership that led the Under-18s last season with Cadamarteri on a coaching course.

But the former Youth Cup winner was quickly in contact afterwards to pass on his congratulations.

We’ve just had Cadz on the phone,” added Townson.

“We had him on FaceTime. All the lads were giving him some, but he’ll be back for the next round.”

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