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Hard Work But Worth It: Pepper

Academy boss believes young Clarets are learning as they recover to beat Crewe

1 October 2018

Jon Pepper was delighted to see the Under-23s take all three points against Crewe Alexandra but admits his side made it difficult for themselves at times.

The Clarets led through two Dan Agyei goals but needed a fortunate winner from Tinashe Chakwana 15 minutes from the end to seal a 3-2 victory after seeing Crewe hit back to go into the break level.

“I think we made hard work of it at times by letting them back into the game, but I think the lads overall deserved the win and it was a good performance," said Academy Manager Pepper.

“It has happened a couple of times already this season, but it shows the lads have learnt how to keep themselves in the game and not let the performance drop and be affected by an error.

“The message at half-time was that we’d played well. We played well for 35 minutes before 10 minutes of madness just before the break.

“That gave Crewe a bit of energy and bit of belief that they could get back into the game, but we knew we had to come out the second-half the way we started the first and we did that."

Agyei set the Clarets on their way to a fourth win of the season in the Professional Development League with two goals in five minutes - one a header and the next an explosive finish from the edge of the box - to take his tally for the season to six.

And Pepper was happy to see the young striker getting a fitting reward for his efforts as Burnley, who included Steven Defour and Dwight McNeil in their starting line-up, got back to winning ways .

“He looks a great threat," Pepper added. "He has been in those positions quite a lot recently in games and on the training field.

“He scored a similar goal yesterday in training, as we had been practicing crossing and finishing so it was good to see, and he took them well."

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