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Dev Squad Fall to Defeat at Ricoh

Nahki Wells and Christian N'Guessan on the score-sheet for the Clarets in 4-2 defeat.

20 August 2018

Matej Vydra stepped up his fitness as the U23’s surrendered a two-goal lead in their league defeat at Coventry.

The Czech international completed his second 90 minutes in a week for the Development squad, as he lookd to fast-track himself into contention for the first team. 

However, the Clarets, who led at half time through goals from Nahki Wells and Christian N'Guessan, were on the receiving end after the break as the Sky Blues bounced back to win convincingly through goals from Reece Ford, Jonson Clarke-Harris and a Reise Allasani brace.

 Burnley got off to the best possible start, as Wells weaved into the area before firing past Corey Addai in the City goal with just two minutes gone.

The game then settled down after the quick start, neither side with any real opportunities up until the 33rd minute, when the Clarets grabbed their second, as N’Guessan coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner after a scramble in the area.

However, Coventry came out raring to go in the second half and pulled one back with just three minutes played of the second period.

Winger Reise Allassani crossed the ball into the box for defender Ford to head home.

Shortly after, the hosts had their equaliser - and Allassani was the provider again; This time providing the ammunition for former Rotherham United and Oldham Athletic striker Jonson Clarke-Harris to head past Adam Legzdins in the Burnley goal.

The home side came close to a third, when Billy Stedman’s volley from outside the area was tipped just wide by Legzdins.

And in a ding-dong affair, the Clarets nearly regained the lead as Wells’ free-kick on the edge of the box rattled the post, before being cleared.

However, it was City who struck next; Allasani slotting past Legzdins with just 10 minutes to go.

And the rampant hosts had time for a fourth late on as Allasani fired in from close range after a quick counter attack.

Michael Duff told the club's wesbite “It was good to score so quick, early on after a minute but I thought we could have moved the ball better as the game went on, it was disappointing to concede so early in the second half and really disappointing how easily we conceded them.

“Legz (Adam Legzdins) didn’t have a save to make in the first half and we did open them up at times, however we didn’t really play with any real tempo in the second half and was disappointed in the way that they didn’t have a lot to do to score the goals they did and also with our reaction” Duff added.

The Development squad are next in action on Tuesday, 28th August at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium against Crystal Palace. The game will kick off at 2:00pm.

BURNLEY: Legzdins, Cropper, Perkins, Clarke, Koiki, McNeil, Goodridge, N’Guessan (Chakwna 74), Agyei (Bayode 65), Wells, Vydra.

Subs not used; McMahon, Cook, Glennon.

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