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Burnley needed a win against Bolton this afternoon to go top of the Professional Development League and it proved to be an emphatic and comfortable 5-0 victory against a Bolton team who remain some distance behind the rest on the bottom of the table.

It was an afternoon when Bolton probably should have had a couple of goals, one in each half, but an afternoon when we could have had a pan full of them having dominated proceedings almost from start until last.

We might have had a couple of goals in the opening minutes but having failed to get the lead, we were close to falling behind when Callum King-Harmes hit a shot across goal and just wide of George McMahon’s far post.

But we finally got in front eight minutes before the break when Adam Phillips who, like Anthony Glennon and Mace Goodridge, was on first team duty at Tottenham, took a free kick that Oliver Younger (pictured) turned in after his first effort had been blocked.

We should really have been further in front at half time but it didn’t take long to double the lead; Josh Benson volleying home from just inside the box and there was never any doubt from thereon in that we would win the game.

With a quarter of an hour to go, Rob Harker, who had been sporting a head bandage in the latter part of the first half, headed a Benson cross expertly into the corner but almost immediately a Bobby Thomas slip presented King-Harmes with a sitter which he somehow hit wide of the target.

Burnley weren’t finished though. Substitute Ne-Jai Tucker scored number four after his initial effort had come back off the post and in the second minute of stoppage time we made it five when Anthony Glennon’s free kick from the right went straight in.

Our next two fixtures are interesting ones. We travel to Birmingham a week on Saturday with our next game then on Tuesday, 7th January with a visit to Nottingham Forest.

Today’s teams were;

Burnley: George McMahon, Ryan Cooney (Jordan Cropper 86), Bobby Thomas, Oliver Younger, Anthony Glennon, Josh Benson, Mace Goodridge (Christian N’Guessan 66), Adam Phillips, Ali Koiki (Ne-Jai Tucker 72), Lewis Richardson, Rob Harker. Subs not used: Lukas Jensen, Scott Wilson.

Bolton: Luke Hutchinson, Nathan Whalley, Ryan Colvin, Kwame Oswige (Matthew Tweedley 74), Myles Edmondson, Markus Assarsson (Regan Riley 73), Joe White, Lamine Toure, Callum King-Harmes, De’Marlio Brown-Sterling, Jay Fitzmartin (Max Conway 83).

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