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PREVIEW: Millwall U23s v Burnley U23s

Young Clarets eager to start with curtain-raiser at The Den

9 August 2019

Steve Stone is champing at the bit to send his players into the Lions’ Den.

The Clarets’ start their Professional Development League campaign at Millwall today (Friday, KO 1pm).

And Stone can’t wait to get going in his first full season in charge.

“I’m looking forward to it starting,” said the U23s’ boss.

“It’s the same as any manager, coach and players.

“After four weeks you want the season to start and ‘here we go’, it’s coming on Friday.

“It’s at The Den and Millwall be a physical side. Our boys need to know they need to be ready for that challenge, which we have prepared them for in pre-season.

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“The winning mentality is important but, as coaches, we want to see them progress bit by bit and hopefully that’s what I’m going to see in the Millwall game from what we’ve tried to do in pre-season.”

Millwall finished sixth in the league’s southern section last season and host the Clarets for the first time since a 2-1 win in April, 2018 – the clubs in the north and southern groups playing each other just once during the season.

That meeting was also at the Den and, as well as visiting Millwall, the Clarets can also look forward to trips to The Valley, Bramall Lane, the DW Stadium and Elland Road in the opening months of the new campaign. 

“It’s nice that you get to play in stadiums at the start of the season. There are some really good games for us and a couple at Turf Moor,” added Stone, who guided Burnley to fourth place in the northern group in 2018/19.

“There are a few that can get the boys excited; great tests on good pitches.

“There aren’t the crowds in you’d get in a first-team game, but it gives the feel of going forward towards the next step and I’m really looking forward to that.”

The Clarets could face a reunion with former scholar Dan Moss, who joined Millwall’s U23s set-up this summer after being released by Burnley.

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