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Stone: Voice Of Experience Helps

Kevin Long and Nick Pope play their part as Clarets keep clean sheet

12 March 2019

Steve Stone backed the input of senior men Nick Pope and Kevin Long after they helped the Under-23s get back to winning ways.

The pair both had a run-out as over-age players as the Clarets beat Watford 2-0 to go back to second place in the Professional Development League’s northern section.

And Stone – speaking from his experience making the break-through at Nottingham Forest – says their know-how is vital in helping the development of his young players.

“It ticks a box for them and for the manager. They play their part and they can add something,” said the Clarets’ Under-23s’ boss and former England international.

“Our players hear me a lot, so to hear a different voice and an experienced professional is massive and their message is sometimes better than mine – because it comes from a first-team player.

“And I know that, because I listened to messages from the likes of Des Walker and Stuart Pearce over the years.

“As well as the coaches always being there, the message from a first-team player sticks, so that’s really important they came out and did that and both of them were excellent.”

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