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Townson: We Can Still Improve

John Townson believes there is room for improvement for top of the table Clarets.

10 September 2018

Assistant manager John Townson is delighted to see the youth team hit the top of the table – but insists there is plenty of room for improvement.

The young Clarets shot to the top of the Professional Development U18 League with a fourth win in five games, at home to Ipswich at the weekend.

But Townson is keen to squeeze more from his ranks in the coming weeks.

“We said to the lads after the game that winning a game of football isn’t easy, so they deserve credit for that,” said Townson.

“I thought some of our attacking play was very good, and some of the defending at times, but for us it’s more a case of managing the game.

“We went against 10 men again and made some poor decisions and poor errors, which brought them back into the game unnecessarily.

“However, the togetherness and fight, all them ‘Burnley’ things were there on show which was great to see, but we just need to make better decisions at times.”

Despite falling behind just five minutes into the match, Burnley led twice and completed the turn-around in the 63rd minute as Mitch George fired home the winning goal.

The 16-year-old was filling the slot vacated by leading scorer Michael Fowler, who recently joined Padiham on a work experience loan.

And Townson was delighted with George for grabbing the opportunity with both hands and showing the competition within the squad.

He added: ““There are a couple of the lads have gone out on experience loans this week and we wish them well.

“But equally it opens a door for other players and it’s shown that today, as Mitch started up-top and got the winner, so it’s great to see”.

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