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Law Happy With Clarets' Response

Improved performance pays off as under-23s secure first warm-up win

19 July 2018

Nicky Law was pleased with how the young Clarets responded to their opening-day setback as the under-23s secured a 3-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic.

The development squad’s first pre-season friendly saw them lose 2-1 in a low-key performance at neighbours Colne last Saturday.

But the team – under the temporary care of academy manager Jonathan Pepper and recruitment head Law – responded to beat Evo Stik Premier League side Celtic in a competitive warm-up at Bower Fold on Wednesday night.

“I said to the players that we had gone to Colne at the weekend and we didn’t play with the intensity we did today,” said Law.

“We asked them to come into this week’s training and show that more endeavour.

“I was really pleased for them tonight.

“They have worked really hard, gone and put themselves up against some men and they got their rewards.”

The Clarets raced into an early lead thanks to a cool finish from new recruit Rob Harker after taking the direct route to goal and a “copy-book” second goal, converted by Ntumba Massanks, inside the opening 10 minutes.

And despite being asked some questions by the home side, Burnley dug in to come out on top with a third goal early in the second half from substitute Tinashe Chakwana (below).

“We made a lot of changes in the game, but I think everyone can go away tonight thinking they have done well and job done,” Law told Clarets Player HD.

“We are looking at progress and the development of the players. But the result is important.

“If I said the result on Saturday (at Colne) wasn’t disappointing I’d be lying. It was.

“You go out to develop but you develop when you win and that’s what we did tonight.

“We won comfortably, I think it was a good solid performance, everyone has worked hard and we move on.”

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