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The first team are at Swansea tomorrow, but Michael Duff’s under-23 team are hoping to take a step closer to the knock out stages of the Premier League Cup tonight against Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

1718 burnley nashe chakwana 00 500x500We go into the game in a good position in Group D. We have nine points from our first four games. We’ve beaten both Newcastle and Swansea away and Colchester at home with the only points dropped in the home game against Newcastle.

If we were able to get a win, it would take our points total to 12 points and, with two teams to go through, that would leave Swansea having to beat both us and Newcastle to catch us. That, in turn, would then leave Newcastle needing a win against Colchester in their last game to ensure it went to goal difference between us. We will know more by next Monday evening after the game between Newcastle and Swansea.

Coach Michael Duff said: “We’ve done well in the competition so far with two wins against Category One sides, so it would be nice to progress. The league is very much about development but we are looking to get through in this if we can. The ball is in our court and we know two more wins would make it job done.”

We won the home game against Colchester 4-0 back at the beginning of November. Nahki Wells helped himself to a hat trick that night, including one from the penalty spot, with the other goal scored by Tinashe Chakwana (pictured).

Colchester have certainly improved since then. They’ve had some decent league results and, although they eventually lost, gave Swansea a tough game last month with the Swans running out 4-3 winners, so although they are still looking for their first point in the group, this will be a tough game for us.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. and this will be the first time a Burnley team have played at this stadium which opened for the 2008/09 season.

The current Group D table is below.


Team pld w d l f a pts
Newcastle 4 3 0 1 15 8 9
Burnley 4 3 0 1 10 7 9
Swansea 4 2 0 2 12 12 6
Colchester 4 0 0 4 5 15 0


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