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PREVIEW: Nottm Forest U23s v Burnley U23s

Clarets look to get back to winning ways to keep top-two hopes alive

5 April 2019

The Under-23s are looking to bounce back at Nottingham Forest to keep their play-of hopes alive.

Back-to-back defeats last week ended the Clarets’ run in the Premier League Cup and saw them concede the advantage to Birmingham City in the race for a top-two finish in the Professional Development League.

But with three games to go, boss Steve Stone is challenging his players to put maximum points on the board and take their challenge to the end.

“I think everyone knows my mentality. There’ll be no slacking off and we’ll be looking to try and win all three games and see how that works out,” said Stone.

The Clarets beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 in Steve Stone's first game in charge last November

Stone takes Burnley to former club Forest this afternoon (kick-off 1pm at the club’s Wilford Lane training ground) knowing a positive result would take them above Birmingham into second place in the northern division before the Blues entertain Cardiff City on Saturday lunch-time.

But Birmingham’s better goal difference leaves the Clarets with little margin for error – with fourth-placed Bolton waiting in the wings for either to slip up – during the run-in.

Burnley end their home programme against Colchester United at the Barnfield Training Centre next Monday afternoon before going to Charlton for their final game.

After hosting Cardiff, Birmingham go to Bristol City on Saturday-week before ending their campaign at home to Hull City after the Clarets have completed their fixtures.

Live up-dates from this afternoon’s game will be available via @BurnleyOfficial

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