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PREVIEW: Under-23s v West Bromwich Albion U23s

Clarets look for victory to seal passage through in Premier League Cup

1 March 2019

It’s winner takes all for the Under-23s this afternoon – and that suits boss Steve Stone just fine.

The Clarets face West Bromwich Albion at Curzon Ashton on Friday (KO 2pm) in the final Group C game in the Premier League Cup.

And both sides know nothing less than victory will take them through to the knock-out stages of the competition after Liverpool’s victory over group leaders Bournemouth lifted them into the second qualifying spot.

“That makes it even better and changes massively how they go for it and how we go for it,” said Stone.

“They will be setting up to either suck us in to counter-attack, or they will go all out, and we have to be aware on both counts.

“But on the other hand, we have to dominate in what we do to them and that’s what we always look to do.”

Marley Blair scored twice as the Clarets beat Bournemouth 

Both Burnley and West Brom have been beaten only once so far, with the Clarets bouncing back from a 7-1 defeat at Bournemouth in their opening game.

They have since beaten the Cherries in the return as part of a five-match unbeaten run and took points away from home against both the Baggies and Liverpool.

And a win over a West Brom side which plays in the Second Division of Premier League 2 will now see Stone’s men finish top of the group to earn a home tie in the last 16.

“It would be a feather in the cap for the players for what they’ve done after the first result. We give them the credit for that,” added Stone.

“Whether it’s first or second I don’t think they will care. They just want to get through and the determination and the focus will be there.

“The lads have done brilliantly to get here and, as well as they have done, it’s now on them again.

“We have been applying a little bit of pressure to them – not so much about a performance – but to win a game.

“You ask different questions of them for different games and we are asking them to win tomorrow.”

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