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1920 burnley tunde bayode 00 500x500Today sees the under-23s play their first home game of the season against Coventry City and it is one of five of the sixteen home games currently scheduled to be played at Turf Moor.

Last season, there was only one home game played at the ground and that was on 10th September, the day coach Michael Duff was confirmed as the new Cheltenham manager. We were beaten 2-1 that afternoon with Millwall’s winner coming in stoppage time at the end of the game.

We go into today’s game having drawn our opening game of the season ten days ago at Millwall. We led 1-0 through central defender Bobby Thomas with the home side coming back in the second half to draw level.

Our visitors Coventry got off to a winning start. They beat Barnsley 2-1 at home, with the game played at the Alan Higgs Centre on Coventry. Will Bapaga and Max Biamou were on the mark for the Sky Blues before former Burnley under-23 player Jordan Barnett pulled one back for Barnsley.

Last week we drew 3-3 in a friendly at Doncaster after which Steve Stone suggested there was a bright future for us at this level as we continue to try to bring players through to the first team and today will give a number of them a first opportunity to play at Turf Moor.

We were beaten 4-2 at Coventry last season when Nahki Wells and Christian N’Guessan scored our goals. The previous time we’ve played them at home was in 2017/18 season. On that occasion we won 2-0. Tunde Bayode (pictured) and Ntumba Massanka were our scorers in April 2018, the final home game of that season which was played at Gawthorpe.

There is no team news as yet, that will come around an hour before kick off, but it would be no surprise to see Danny Drinkwater get his first action in claret and blue.

Today’s game kicks off at 2 p.m. and admission is free on production of your season card. For non-season card holders it is £4 adults, £2 concessions.

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