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Determination Delights Duff

Michael Duff pleased with point-winning attitude as U23s draw at Hull

25 September 2017

Michael Duff praised his side’s determination not to leave Humberside empty-handed as the Clarets ground out a goalless draw against Hull City.

Duff’s men secured their first point away from home in the U23 Professional Development League after putting in the hard yards at North Ferriby United’s Grange Lane Ground.

New signing Anders Lindgaard kept a clean sheet on his first Burnley appearance and Duff was equally pleased with the work that went on in front of him as Hull were denied a third straight win.

“You can’t question any of them for effort,” said the Development Squad coach.

“We have played better than that and got beaten recently, so the determination, the organisation and the attitude to defend a point was good.

“We lacked a bit of quality, but they get spoiled by playing on absolute bowling greens every day.

“They have come to a non-league pitch with a bit of grass on it, which was a little bit soft and a bit bobbly and it looked like they didn’t trust each enough with the ball.

Olly Younger helped secure a second clean sheet of the season

“But there are positives to take. You learn something from every game.

“It’s the first time they’ve come up against a (genuine) under-23s and it’s good they are competing amongst their peers, even though they were slightly older.

“It wasn’t like an Academy game. It was competitive and if you want to be a footballer, that’s a start point.

“After the last three or four weeks when we’ve had some real positives with the ball, this was the other way around, the positives were without the ball.

“It was a good, strong, together performance.”

While midfielder Freddie Ulvestad brought some first-team experience to the line-up on his return to competitive action, the Clarets again fielded a youthful side with 18-year-old Harry Limb twice going close to a winner.

Youth-teamers Dwight McNeil and Olly Younger again started, with Younger, 17, producing another powerful performance at centre-half to help keep the Tigers at bay.

“I thought Olly was the stand-out player. I thought he was excellent,” Duff added.

“You forget sometimes he’s only a scholar, so hopefully he’s got a lot more to come if he can keep listening and learning, which he does.”


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