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Burnley’s hopes of reaching the knock out stage of the Premier League Cup suffered a blow tonight with a 1-0 home defeat against Sheffield United on a night when we turned in probably our most disappointing performance of the season.

The only goal of the game came in just the sixth minute when Hassan Ayari scored from the penalty spot after a foul by Jake Rooney that earned the Burnley defender a yellow card on a night when the over fussy referee was handing them out willy nilly.

In truth this youngest of Burnley teams which was a teenage line up apart from 20-year-old Mark Helm, never really recovered from that early goal and rarely threatened to draw level against a Sheffield United side who just had the edge throughout although they didn’t look as though they were going to add to their lead too often. Helm (pictured) was probably our best player on the night.

It keeps us bottom of the group but we will still qualify for the knock outs should we win our two remaining group games. We will go out if we fail to beat Everton at home or don’t win at Peterborough with those two games to be played on 11th and 18th February.

The teams were;

Burnley: Sam Waller, Finlay Armstrong, Jake Rooney, Harry Williams, Dane McCullough (Dan Sassi 67), Ne-Jai Tucker (Will Hugill 67), Mark Helm, Ben Woods (Sean Etaluku 86), Owen Dodgson, Michael Mellon, Owen Dodgson. Subs not used: Lewis Thomas, Benn Ward.

Sheffield United: Callum Hiddleston, Femi Seriki, Angelo Cappello, Miguel Freckleton, Joe Starbuck, Nicksoen Gomis, Sydie Peck, Oliver Arblaster, Theo Williams, Hassan Ayari, Andre Brooks. Subs: Henry Hampshaw, Beau Anderson, Owen Hampson, Loue Marsh.

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