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Stone: I'm Pleased for Them All

U23s boss Steve Stone delighted for his team after first win of the season

9 September 2019

U23s head coach Steve Stone was pleased to see his side secure their first win of the season over Charlton Atheltic and remain unbeaten in the Professional Development League.

The Clarets took the lead through Ali Koiki at Princes Park, before goals from Josh Davison and Johl Powell gave Charlton the lead at the break.

But second-half goals from Koiki and U18 striker Mitch George ensured the Clarets’ first win of the season.

And Stone believed his side deserved all three points.

He said: “I’m really pleased. The fact we have won a football match as well, because for the effort the boys have put in so far this season, they should have won more this season.

“We’ve talked about it a lot, where we have drawn and conceded sloppy goals, so today not only was their performance decent; we scored some good goals and showed good game management.

“They had to hold on for the last 15 minutes and these lads are always learning, and it’s not always learning with the ball, it’s learning how to play without the ball as well.”

Stone was also impressed with the performances of youth team trio Joe McGlynn, Ne-Jai Tucker and Mitch George.

McGlynn completed 78 minutes before being replaced by Mace Goodridge, who returned to the pitch for the first time since October last year. Meanwhile, wide-man Tucker made way for George, who snatched the winner for Burnley just before the hour mark.

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“They have done both sides of it today really well. Obviously young Kai (Calderbank-Park) had to step in last minute to replace George McMahon (illness), and Ne-jai Tucker, who has just turned 17, has come in today as well, along with Mitch George, who is 17 and Joe McGlynn, who is 16.

“There’s some real positives to take and that’s what we are trying to do; give the youth a chance. but I thought the more experienced ones like Anthony Glennon, Christian N’Guessan, Scott Wilson and Adam Phillips helped the younger boys out today.” said Stone.

Stone insisted his young guns were not lacking confidence in previous matches, but believes the win will breed even more confidence within the group.

The former Newcastle United coach added: “All in all it was a really good performance, but they deserved it.

"They have put the hard yards in week in week out and I’m pleased for them all.

“Winning does breed more confidence and what they have to realise now though is that winning a game means nothing for the next game. You start at 0-0 next week and you have to start all over again, but I would hope it boosts their confidence even more.”

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