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.”