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Stone: Plenty of Positives to Take

4 March 2019

Despite suffering defeat today, Steve Stone was impressed with the efforts from his young side against Ipswich.

The Clarets’ squad included U16 duo Lewis Richardson and Ben Woods, as well as U18 group Will Harris, Mitch George and the trialist midfielder.

And although Stone’s side fell to defeat for the first time since January 11th, the U23 boss believed there were plenty of positives to take from the match.

He said: “There are lots of positives to take from that today, we left a few at home today and had a very young team out there today.

“The thought process behind that was to give some of the young lads experience that will be coming into the squad next year.

“We had two 16-year old’s and a handful of scholars involved, up against a strong and experienced Ipswich side that are top of their division."

Town boasted a wealth of first-team experience in Kayden Jackson, Josh Emmanuel and Andre Dozzell.

However, despite the hosts experience, Stone’s men came close to snatching something from the game in the second-half.

And Stone was pleased with his side’s efforts, as a much better second-half performance from his youngsters impressed the boss.

“We certainly were not outclassed in anyway shape or form today and quite disappointed we have been beaten 2-0 by such a strong side, we had a few good chances.

“But that’s what the young lads need to realise now, it’s a winning mentality and winning does matter.

“Overall absolutely delighted with how today went with such a young side out there and that’s what we are trying to do - accelerate development." Said Stone.

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