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Burnley U23s 0 Newcastle Utd U23s 4

Clarets suffer first defeat to lose top spot in PL Cup group

18 January 2018

Newcastle United put an end to Burnley’s 100 per cent record in the U23 Premier League Cup after victory at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park took them to top spot in Group D.

The North-East side went into the break with a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Luke Charman and Dan Barlaser.

And this time there was to be no comeback from the Clarets as United’s attacking duo both bagged again in the second half to secure all three points.

Newcastle started the game on the front foot and came close when Callum Roberts cut inside before striking a shot just wide of Adam Legzdins’ goal.

And shortly after, Roberts whipped in a fine cross for Charman who headed home to give visitors the lead.

The Clarets’ youthful line-up had their first opportunity when Ntumba Massanka rifled an effort straight at Newcastle keeper Brendan Pearson.

And minutes later the Magpies made it 2-0 as Barlaser hit an effort from just outside the box which was deflected past a stranded Legzdins.

Burnley – who had come back from two down to win the first group meeting between the sides 4-3 on Tyneside in September – looked to hit back and came close when Massanka struck the post with a shot from inside the area.

Olatunde Bayode earned the praise of boss Michael Duff

But it was United who struck again early in the second half when Charman finished off from close range.

Just before the hour mark, Tommy Wood was introduced to try and bolster the Clarets’ attack.

But it was the visitors who struck again with Barlaser slotting home his second and putting the game out of reach for Michael Duff’s side, who still have qualification for the knock-out stages in their own hands if they can win at Swansea City next Monday following a first defeat in three games.

Under-23s boss Duff said: “I think you can look past the scoreline. We were 2-0 down at half time when both teams have had two shots and they’ve scored two and we’ve hit the post.

“There was nothing much in the first half, the disappointing thing was the start of the second half and we give away a poor goal and at 3-0 it’s dead then.

“But there were positives within it and I thought Olatunde Bayode was excellent.

“We want to win the game, but they proved why they are a category-one team.

“It was a scrap and the pitch wasn’t grea,t but they handled it better than us.”

Burnley: Legzdins, Birch, Younger, Wilson, Koiki, Bayode (Barnett 85), Nabi, N’Guessan, Chakwana (Wood 55), Massanka (Ellison 84) McNeil. Subs not used: Stone, Clarke.


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