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Quality And Quantity Pleases Stone

Clarets end week-long camp with successful run-out to launch pre-season schedule

13 July 2019

Steve Stone was happy with the quality and the quantity as the Under-23s signed off from Poland by winning their opening game of pre-season.

The Clarets beat the second string of local top-flight side Pogon Szczecin 2-1 on the final day of their stay in Poland.

Rounding off a hard week’s work with some more running was the number-one aim, but a classy finish from striker Rob Harker provided another plus point as the Clarets overcame testing opposition with a late winner from one of their trialists.

“It was really competitive. They passed it and moved it well and had some really good play,” said Stone.

“On the other side of it they were physical, and you need that right from the start.

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“You get into pre-season and you don’t want easy games. You get into it and it sets the tone for the rest of pre-season now.

“There were a couple of decent goals as well.

“Of course, it not about winning in terms of pre-season games to start with, but the quality of the first goal from Rob is something we’ve been trying to get him to do, his movement coming off his man to the near post and a little deft touch into the corner was a beautiful finish.

“And Tunde, who put the ball in, we’ve been looking for him to pick out men in the box and he’s done that.

“Tunde should create more with the pace he has and the positions he gets himself into and that’s a real positive from the two forward guys in the first half.”

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The Clarets changed 10 of their 11 players at half-time – only Vinnie Steels and Mace Goodridge, who is working his way back from long-term injury, not featuring.

And Stone felt the run-out provided the ideal finish to a productive stay at the impressive Hotel Remes complex in Opalenica.

“It was perfect in that all players got 45 minutes in and a couple got 60,” added the U23s’ boss.

“They were tired going into the game, which we knew, but it was perfect the way they went about it.

“Again, the younger ones who have come into it are seeing what it’s about and realizing the step up is not easy and they have to adapt to it quickly.

“The lads I had last year have gone about it in the right way. They know what they’re doing, and they have been a credit to themselves and in terms of showing the younger ones what is required and what is needed and I’m delighted with that.

“Now the younger one need to grasp that and run with it.”

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