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PREVIEW: Burnley U23s v Leeds Utd U23s

Stone hopes for reaction in PL Cup quarter-final

29 March 2019

Steve Stone is challenging his players to bounce back as they bid for another U23 Premier League Cup ‘upset’.

The Clarets face Leeds United in the quarter-finals of the competition behind closed doors at the Barnfield Training Ground this afternoon (Friday).

And Stone is looking for a positive reaction to Monday’s 3-2 league defeat at Bristol City which severely dented Burnley’s play-off hopes.

“The good thing when you lose like that is normally it’s a wake-up call,” said the U23s’ boss.

“When you’ve been on such a good run it always come to an end with a bump.

“It never comes to an end with an unlucky 1-0. It normally comes with a bit of a thumping and that’s what that was really.

“They have to re-group and understand what I’m telling them to do is the right thing to do.”

Dwight McNeil scored one of the goals as the Clarets drew 2-2 at Leeds in the PDL in October

The defeat at Ashton Gate was only the second loss in 12 games in league and cup for the Clarets and left them in third place in the Professional Development League’s northern section.

That result coupled with a win for Leeds over Colchester later in the day gave the Yorkshiremen the northern group title with two games to spare.

Leeds have lost just five times this season but Stone – who finished his playing career through injury during a spell at Elland Road – is looking forward to the challenge after seeing his side knock-out Premier League 2 top-flight outfit Leicester City in the last round.

“I was delighted when we got Leeds,” added the former England international, whose side also saw off Category One sides Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in the group stages.

“It will be a really good test and a really tough test and that’s what we want. They are a good side.

“I know for a fact the lads will be up for the game because it’s a really big game.

“It’s a quarter-final at the training ground in front of first-team members of staff.”

The fixture (kick-off 2.30pm) is being played behind closed doors, but coverage will be available across the club’s media channels.

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