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Following Friday’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League Cup, the under-23s are back on league duty this evening with an away game against Bolton which will be played at the Lancashire FA Headquarters at Leyland.

1718 burnley christian nguessan 00 500x500With last Monday’s game at Nottingham Forest postponed, it seems an age since we last played a league game but in fact it is only two weeks ago when, having been reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Matty Rain, we played really well to earn a 2-1 victory against Birmingham.

As the league stands right now, Leeds are six points clear at the top, ahead of Birmingham in second place. We are then, along with Crewe, one further point behind with tonight’s opponents one point behind us. They had the chance to go above us last week but fell to a surprise 4-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.

The home game against them, played at Curzon Ashton back in September was a feisty affair. Steven Defour returned from injury for the first time in eight months and played well in a 2-0 win with our goals scored by Dan Agyei and Dwight McNeil. Defour had gone off by the time the fun started.

It all kicked off when Bolton’s Marcus Wood, who had been involved in far too much of the unpleasantness, conceded another free kick. It all led to Bolton’s Harry Brockbank and our left-back Ali Koiki being sent off and later in the game, Christian N’Guessan (pictured) was wrongly red carded. He’d actually slipped, was sent off while being taken away on a stretcher and hasn’t played since having required surgery.

This fixture last season was moved to the Macron just a few days prior to it being played. We were on a run of four successive defeats but we were unfortunate to lose this one 1-0 to a very late goal.

Kick off tonight at Leyland is 7 p.m. Admission for Burnley fans is £3 (adults) and £1 (concessions).

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