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Satisfied Duff Only Looking For 'Stardust'

U23 boss happy with mix as Clarets daw at Nottingham Forest

14 October 2017

Michael Duff was pleased with the mix of youth and experience that helped the Clarets extend their unbeaten run to three games in the Professional Development League.

Duff’s side drew 1-1 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground with Dean Marney and Nahki Wells both making comebacks from injury.

And Duff was happy with the outcome – bar the need for improvement around the opponents’ penalty area to give his side even more to show for their efforts.

“I thought it was a good game with two contrasting styles really,” said the Clarets’ Development Squad coach.

“They kept the ball – as a lot of teams do – but didn’t really hurt us.

“We’d rather David Vaughan got the ball 80 yards from our goal and walk it into midfield, so we were more than happy to let them have it there.

“And breaking it down to opportunities and chances, we definitely had the better chances.

“We had some great balls across the box but it was similar to the other night really (against Leeds) – the final moments.

“That’s the bit you pay for, the star-dust bit, which we have to get better at - the final ball, the final run.

“But other than that, the desire was there in a competitive game. It was good to see a few bookings. It looks more like a proper football match.”

Thanks to Freddie Ulvestad’s headed goal, the Clarets are now undefeated in four games in league and cup at under-23 level and took the opportunity on Friday to play the permitted four over-age players (including Adam Legzdins in goal) at the home of the former European champions.

“It was a good day all round,” Duff added. “The younger lads get to play in front of this – although hopefully it will be full in a few years when they do again.

“Dean Marney got his first 45 minutes under his belt, which was good, Nakhi got 60 minutes and both came through it unscathed.

“I thought Freddie was excellent for 90 minutes and goes about his business as he does, the same as Legz in goal, so lots and lots of positives.”

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