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05 November 2018 Venue Tameside Stadium Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Burnley U23
4 - 1
Barnsley U23
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U23s | PREVIEW: Burnley Vs Barnsley

4 November 2018

Barnsley U23s travel to Burnley on Monday afternoon in the Professional Development League, knowing that victory can lift them from the foot of the table.

The young Reds have been unfortunate with results in recent weeks – particularly in their last outing against Birmingham City, where they dominated for large parts but were unable to claim anything from the game.

Martin Devaney will be without Louis Walsh for the trip to Curzon Ashton after the winger joined Guiseley AFC on a one-month youth loan on Saturday.

It is likely to be a challenging afternoon for Barnsley as the Clarets are unbeaten in their last four games – form that has seen them rise to fourth in the table. Victory for Jon Pepper’s side could see them climb to second above Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham, depending on results elsewhere.

Spearheading Burnley’s attack are two of the league’s top scorers in Dan Agyei and Tinashe Chakwana, who have plundered 15 goals between them so far this campaign. Eight of those strikes have come in the last two games as the Clarets thrashed Sheffield United 6-0 and eased to three points with a 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

With 28 goals, the Lancashire outfit are the joint top scorers in the Professional Development League – level with Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers. However, the Reds will take confidence from Burnley’s defensive record, with Pepper’s side conceding 20 times in 11 games.

Barnsley will also be boosted by three key players returning from injury in the past few weeks, with captain Will Smith, Cameron Simpson and Romal Palmer all nearing full fitness after their respective lay-offs.

You can find out how the young Reds fare by attending the game at Curzon Ashton for free, kick-off at 2pm. Alternatively, you can follow the action on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

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Match Reports

U23s | REPORT: Burnley 4-1 Barnsley

5 November 2018

Barnsley U23s were comprehensively beaten by Burnley on Monday afternoon.

The Clarets, unbeaten in four heading into the fixture, ran out 4-1 winners at Curzon Ashton in a game that saw three penalties saved.

Jon Pepper’s side led 2-0 at the interval thanks to goals from Tinashe Chakwana and Jordan Cropper. The hosts added to their tally either side of a red card for Will Smith through Dwight McNeil and Josh Benson, while Aidy White added a consolation for the visitors.

It was the Reds who started brighter and looked more likely to make a breakthrough, with Gerry McDonagh’s physicality proving too much to handle for Burnley as the Barnsley forward continued to link up the play – providing the on-rushing Amir Berkovits and Tai-Reece Chisholm with opportunities to break on goal.

Jordan Barnett, lining up against his former club, was at his tenacious best as he harried the home defence in order to force the odd mistake here and there, but to little avail as Burnley repelled the Reds’ attacks time and time again.

Then, against the run of play, Chakwana latched onto a Benson pass and slid in bravely to beat goalkeeper Trialist to the loose ball and prod home into the bottom corner, despite the best efforts of Louis Wardle on the line.

It was harsh on Martin Devaney’s side, who had defended resolutely against the league’s top scorers, but the Clarets would soon come knocking again and were awarded a dubious penalty six minutes later.

Referee Richard Aspinall adjudged a Tunde Bayode cross to have hit a Barnsley arm and pointed to the spot. Cropper stepped up and saw his penalty saved brilliantly by Trialist down to his left, but the Burnley full-back was quickest to the rebound as he slammed home to double the hosts’ advantage.

McDonagh came close to reducing the arrears on the stroke of half-time, but his stinging shot from the edge of the box was well-saved by Adam Legzdins across to his right.

HALF-TIME: Burnley 2-0 Barnsley.

Barnsley came out firing on all cylinders after the interval and almost halved the deficit nine minutes in when Romal Palmer’s thunderous drive crashed off the post.

The midfielder was in the thick of the action once more and he was clumsily bundled over inside the area, which led to Mr Aspinall pointing to the spot for the second time that afternoon.

However, Wardle was unable to take advantage as his low penalty was turned onto the post by Legzdins who maintained his sides’ two-goal lead.

Then, within the blink of an eye, Burnley made the Reds pay for their profligacy in the final third as McNeil rose highest to head home and make it 3-0.

Things turned from bad to worse for the Reds as Smith, making his return from injury, was shown a second yellow card before Benson brilliantly fired the resulting free-kick into the top corner to effectively end the tie as a contest.

Barnsley continued to push forward for a consolation and were awarded a second spot-kick for handball. Berkovits took responsibility this time but, like earlier, Legzdins was equal to his effort and palmed the ball away. White was quickest to react as he bundled home from close range to give the Reds a goal that their dogged performance deserved.

It was too little too late for the visitors however, who saw out the remainder of the game without further incident on a difficult afternoon against a strong Clarets side.


BURNLEY XI: Legzdins, Cropper, Koiki, Howarth, Clarke (c), Cook, Bayode, Benson, Agyei, Chakwana, McNeil.

Subs: McMahon, Thomas, Woods, Harker, Conn.

REDS XI: Trialist, Wardle (c), Fielding, Smith, White, Berkovits (Feeney, 74), Palmer (Helliwell, 64), Otim, Barnett, Chisholm (Moon, 46), McDonagh.

Not used: Kendrick, Simpson.

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