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Stone Delighted With Clarets' Comeback

Words of wisdom work as Under-23s hit back with four second-half goals

11 February 2019

A half-time dressing down from Steve Stone worked wonders as the Clarets stormed back to beat Bolton 4-2 and go second in the league table.

Stone was less than impressed with his team’s first-half efforts at the County Ground in Leyland as Bolton pounced on two defensive errors to lead through an Olowale Tanimowo double.

But Wanderers then had no answer to a power-packed second-half showing from the Clarets who scored from four set-pieces to move within four points of northern group leaders Leeds United.

“I was really pleased with the response. That’s what I was looking for,” said Stone.

“We were 2-0 down without really getting out of first or second gear. We were caught with a couple of mistakes and we were punished.

“But I’m pleased we were punished because it shows if you do makes mistakes at any professional level that happens.

“For the first time I really had a go at them at half-time and really let them know what I thought of how their performances were and what their duties were as professionals at Burnley Football Club.

“They certainly weren’t doing it in the first half and that was no way a team of mine should have played without the grit and determination you should show as a football player.

“You have to show all those horrible things I always talk about and second half they certainly did that and they ground them down in the end.

“They are quite a physical side and we matched that and then overcame that with real bits of quality and four set-plays which is something you’ve got to be pleased with.”

Second-year scholars Michael Fowler and Bobby Thomas scored within the space of three minutes after an hour to make it 2-2.

Substitute Dan Agyei then powered in a header to make it 3-2 before dead-ball deliverer Benson got the goal he deserved when he curled in a fine free-kick two minutes from the end top delight Stone.

“I asked Josh to run harder and work harder, close people down and tackle and then use his quality,” added the Under-23s’ boss.

“And it all came together for him, as it did for many others. He was one of many who were really good.”

Meanwhile, the Clarets know they must beat West Bromwich Albion at home in their final group game of the Premier League Cup to advance to the last 16 after the Baggies drew their penultimate game 1-1 with Group C leaders Bournemouth.

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