Michael Duff was delighted with the attitude of his players after the U23s notched up an against-all-odds win at Newcastle.
The Clarets won 4-3 in their opening Premier League Cup game, despite being two goals down with half-an-hour to play.
After turning the game on its head with three goals, United dramatically equalised with minutes to go, only for Rahis Nabi to win it for the visitors.
“It was an interesting game,” observed U23 coach Michael Duff.
“It was a strange one really. We didn’t start the game particularly well and went 1-0 down, and we sort of looked at them too much and gave them a little bit too much respect.
“We came out in the second half and had two or three unbelievable opportunities, then gave another bad goal away, but then at 2-0 down they could have gone ‘tools down’ and played with disappointment, so I give the lads credit for that.
“It’s almost liked it freed them up a little bit. We though we’ve got nothing to lose here but then obviously went 3-2 up with three good goals, then gave another disappointing goal away, which is something were not very happy about.
“But then we showed great character to keep going and nick it at the end.”
Nabi added: “I thought we dug deep and stuck together and did well to get the win at the end.
As soon as I put the ball in the back of the net I was over the moon, but I thought we deserved it in the end because we kept grafting.”