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U18s Preview: Bristol City

Tony Philliskirk’s side looking to put things right at Bristol City this weekend

16 August 2019

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk insists his players are out to put things right in their first away game of the season at Bristol City this weekend.

The young Clarets lost 3-0 to Millwall in their opening U18 Professional Development League fixture last weekend.

However, Philliskirk admits his side will be raring to go and look to take something from the game.

The former Clarets striker said: “It will be a tough game, similar to Millwall who we faced last week, and they are a little bit unknown to us.

"They could be in a similar situation to ourselves; their U23s may have a game on Monday, so might have a couple of players missing, like us.

But really, we are going down there and focusing on ourselves at the end of the day.”

And despite the Clarets falling to defeat in the first game of the season, Philliskirk admitted himself and coaching staff were really pleased with the youth team’s performance.

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“It sounds crazy that we lost 3-0, but all the staff were really pleased with how we played," he added.

"The stats from the game just showed how much we dominated the 90 minutes.

"We had more of the ball, more shots and more chances, but we lost 3-0. it was just one of those games where little individual mistakes cost us in the end.

"All in all, we just had to keep the lads positive and want more of the same going into the match at Bristol City, but obviously a better outcome result-wise."

Philliskirk added: "I was speaking to Lee Perry their (Millwall) lead coach after the game and he was saying it was never a 3-0 game, and that they'd never seen their goalkeeper play better than that before.

"That's football for you! The best thing about it is that we can go down there and put things right this weekend."

Live updates from the game will be available on Twitter (@Burnleyofficial), followed by a report and reaction on the official club website.

The match kicks off at 11am at the SGS Wise Campus in Bristol.

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