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Burnley’s under-23 team are in league action tonight and it couldn’t be a more difficult game with a trip to face current leaders Bolton Wanderers who will be looking to complete the double over us after recording a 4-1 victory when the two teams met at Curzon Ashton in November.

At the time, Bolton were in the bottom half of the table and just a few weeks prior to that meeting were actually in bottom place having picked up only three points from a solitary win in their first seven games.

1718 burnley nashe chakwana 00 500x500Just ahead of our last meeting they hit Hull for six and that started a run that has seen them move from one end of the table to the other with ten wins and two draws in their last thirteen games and they currently, as we reported yesterday, lead the table by virtue of goals scored.

In that first meeting, Bolton were certainly flattered by the 4-1 scoreline. We, incredibly, fell 2-0 behind in the first ten minutes despite being the better side and we did pull a goal back when Tinashe Chakwana (pictured) converted a Dean Marney cross. Bolton scored their third just before half time and, with the Clarets still on top, netted a fourth in the second half.

Coach Michael Duff said at the time: “I thought we were the better team in the first half. We created more chances, but what we have to learn is you can’t be the better team and be 3-1 down. You can’t concede one goal and then concede another straight after it.”

Bolton, under David Lee, will go clear at the top with any sort of positive result, and it will be against what could be an even younger Burnley team than we’ve been used to seeing. Duff might have expected to have the services of James Clarke, Oliver Younger, Aiden O’Neill and Dwight McNeil but all four played in the behind closed doors game yesterday against Blackpool and will miss the game.

This fixture was initially scheduled to be played at the Lancashire FA headquarters at Leyland two days ago but, in mid-January, Bolton revealed a new date and time.

The game will kick off at 7 p.m. tonight and will now be played at the Macron Stadium. Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions.

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