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Pepper Praises Elland Road Fightback

Academy boss pleased with response of Under-23s as they take a point at Leeds

12 October 2018

Jon Pepper was delighted to see the Under-23s fight-back from two goals down to earn a point at Elland Road in the Professional Development League.

League leaders Leeds went ahead through Gaetano Berardi's deflected first-half header, before Kemar Roofe doubled their lead with 30 minutes to play.

However, Dwight McNeil sparked the Clarets' come-back with a sweet strike in the 70th minute.

Minutes later, Josh Benson's corner was headed home by Oliver Younger to draw things level and earn a point away from home from the first time this season from a 2-2 draw.

And Pepper was pleased to see his side bounce back from last week's 7-1 cup defeat at Bournemouth and take a point against an experienced Leeds side, whose starting line-up included eight players to have featured in the first team this season.

The Academy boss said: “It was a really good response from last week. We looked at what went wrong and worked really hard in training this week and focused on what we wanted to try and approach in today’s game.

“I was happy with performance and then to come back from 2-0 down against a very strong experienced side was a real plus too.

“The lads really stuck to the game-plan, there was good intensity and the response was brilliant.

“I said to the lads before, 'if you do fall behind or fall two behind, don’t crumble and stay in the game' and they did that terrifically today."

Goal-scorer Younger believed the Clarets took a well deserved point and it will put them back on the right track going forward.

The Clarets' skipper said: “Getting a goal is a big bonus, but the second half performance from the boys was class.

“At half-time we still thought we were in it. It was disappointing to concede after the break, but we fought back and got a well-deserved point.

“We wanted to put last week’s result to bed and get something from today and we’ve shown what we can do."

And centre-back Younger believes facing a strong Leeds side on their own ground was a good test for Burnley's young side.

He added: “You say their names on the team-sheet before and see they have experience.

"But it a challenge and good thing for us to come up against experienced players."

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