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Clarets Aim To Secure Knock-Out Spot

Group D decider as Burnley take on Swansea at the Tameside Stadium

26 February 2018

The Clarets’ under-23s look to secure their place in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup when they take on Swansea City in a Group D decider this afternoon.

Michael Duff’s side is in second place in the group behind leaders Newcastle United, who have already booked their passage through to the knock-out stages.

And the Clarets will join them if they avoid defeat against the Swans at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium (KO 2pm) to knock the holders out of the competition.

“We’ve done well so far and it would be nice to finish it off and get through,” said under-23s’ boss Duff.

“Swansea are a Category One Academy side so we know they have quality.

“But we did well down there and hopefully we can produce a similar performance.

“It’s a good test for the lads and part of their development going into a game where they know there is something riding on it.

“I was pleased with how we played at Bolton last week and with the same sort of commitment and desire hopefully we can get the result we want today.”

The Clarets have saved their best form so far this season for the competition, with three wins from their five games – including a vital 2-0 win at Swansea last month.

The Welshmen are currently going well in the first division of Premier League 2 – a couple of levels higher than the Clarets’ status in the Professional Development League – and have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to climb into the top four.

But they have so far beaten only bottom club Colchester home and away and taken a point from Newcastle in the cup, leaving them to play catch-up if they are to deny the Clarets, whose 1-0 loss at league leaders Bolton extended their losing run to four games since their victory at Swansea.

Coach Cameron Toshack (above) – son of former legendary Swansea manager John – said: “It’s important that we don’t leave the match with any regrets.

“There’s no hiding place. The players know what they have to do and have prepared very well this week.

“Burnley certainly proved to be difficult opponents when we played them at home and we won’t be taking them lightly.”

Newcastle also play Colchester this afternoon as Group D reaches a conclusion and if they fail to win Burnley would finish top of the table with victory over Swansea.

Live-up dates of the Clarets' game will be available via Twitter on @burnleyofficial with a full report and reaction to follow.

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