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McNeil Ends Big Week In Style

Clarets' winger follows England call with key goal in Under-23s' fightback

13 October 2018

Dwight McNeil described his goal-scoring performance at Elland Road as the perfect way to end a memorable week.

McNeil’s stunning finish for the Clarets’ under-23s sparked a successful comeback as Burnley came back from 2-0 down to draw with Professional Development League leaders Leeds United on Friday afternoon.

And the winger’s second goal of the season came just a couple of days after ending a first taste of training with England’s Under-20 squad.

“It’s been a good week away with England, getting to know the lads and a really good experience for me,” said McNeil, who was called up as stand-by player with England’s World Cup winners ahead of friendlies against Italy and the Czech Republic.

“I thought I did well and they’ve said they will keep an eye on me.

“It was also great to see the senior lads around at St George’s and to see what they do and how they go about things.

“You never know what happens in the future, but I’d like to be part of it again.

“It’s a different style of football, which is all about adapting, and it’s been a good week, with today just topping it off for me.”

McNeil’s goal, clinically drilled past Leeds’ on-loan Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman, launched a fine second-half fightback capped by captain Olly Younger’s thumping header as the Clarets earned a 2-2 draw against a Leeds side full of first-team experience.

And coming less than a week after the Clarets were thumped 7-1 by Bournemouth in the Premier League Cup – when he was on first-team duty – McNeil was impressed with how Jon Pepper’s side bounced back.

The 18-year-old added: “It was a good result and performance, especially after what happened last week, and a good response from the lads.

“We didn’t start the game that well but as it went on we got better.

“We had a couple of chances in the first half and didn’t take them and I thought we started the second half well, but they got the goal to go 2-0 up.

“A couple of weeks ago when it was 2-0, we would have got our heads down.

“But today we picked ourselves up, got the first goal which gave us more belief and then we got the second one.

“It’s more about game management then, which is important for us to learn at this age, and it was a great point away from home.”

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