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Allen: A Huge Learning Curve

U18s goalkeeper Harry Allen states defeat was a huge learning curve

25 July 2019

Goalkeeper Harry Allen believes there are positives to take from the U18s 3-0 defeat to Palmeiras in their opening CEE Cup fixture.

A strike in either half, from Brazilian U19 international Fabricio and a penalty from Gustavo, was enough for the South Americans to take all three points in the group B opener at the Evzena Rosickehko Stadium.

The Clarets were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute, after midfielder Corey Brennan was shown a second yellow card, before the referee awarded a penalty to Palmeiras as Kane Patterson collided with Gustavo.

Allen said: “It’s different football abroad, the referees rule the game differently. The positive to take from it, is that it’s a huge learning curve for us all.”

The temperatures reached a staggering 33 degrees midway through the first half, which resulted in a drink-break for both sides.

And as the clock ticked on, the heat began to take its toll on the Lancashire side, as the Brazilians' didn’t look fazed by the rising mercury.

“As a player it’s really hot and I could see the outfield players in the second half beginning to suffer from it," added former Manchester United stopper Allen.

"We tried to get a press on and get up in their faces, the Burnley way. But in this heat, in was just difficult to get going and play the usual way.

"However, we can’t use the officials and heat as excuses and must learn from it and move on to Friday’s game.” 

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And despite the defeat and performance, Allen admits it was a great thrill for all involved to be playing in the 42,000-capacity stadium.

The 6ft 2in goalkeeper said: “On the other hand, it was a great experience. You’re looking forward to the game all day. A defeat does does put a little downer in the camp, but we must pick ourselves up and not beat ourselves up.

"I think in a week or so we might look at it as a good 80 minutes in the tank for pre-season, but for now the lads are gutted they didn’t get off to the best start.

So overall we will move on and take the positives from it what we can."


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