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Burnley went into tonight’s Premier League Cup game against Everton knowing only two wins from the final two games would see us progress into the knockout stage of the competition.

Despite falling behind just past the half hour, goals at the end of each half from Bobby Thomas and Joe McGlynn have given us the three points tonight and, although we still remain bottom of the group, it’s set us up for next Friday when a win at Peterborough will take us through.

It was a different looking line up tonight. Although out on loan at Carlisle and Mansfield respectively, goalkeeper Lucas Jensen and central defender Richard Nartey both played but the most interest was at the other end of the pitch where Ashley Barnes was getting his second under-23 run out and this time alongside Lewis Richardson who was returning from months out with an injury.

It all started well for us. We were the better side and the front two were causing Everton plenty of problems but, unable to get ourselves an opener, we found ourselves behind just past the half hour when Lewis Dobbin came inside on the left hand side to beat Jensen with a shot into the corner.

Both Barnes and Richardson came close but it looked as though we were going to go in at the interval a goal behind but with just over a minute remaining we won a corner on the left with Thomas heading home Ne-Jai Tucker’s flag kick.

Although not as free flowing after the break we still looked the more likely although Everton did have a couple of half chances. We needed that goal and when Everton put us under pressure from a late corner it looked unlikely.

Mark Helm broke only to fire over the bar but there was to be one last chance. Dara Costelloe lifted the ball up to Joe McGlynn (pictured) who calmly scored to give us the win we deserved.

The last time I was at Leyland, I saw us lose 1-0 to a dubious penalty against Sheffield United. It wasn’t a good performance. Tonight’s was and was probably the best game I’ve seen at under-23 level this season.

Now let’s hope we can get that result at Peterborough next week and go through.

The teams were;

Burnley: Lucas Jensen, Finlay Armstrong, Bobby Thomas, Richard Nartey, Owen Dodgson, Dara Costelloe, Mark Helm, Ben Woods, Ne-Jai Tucker (Harry Williams 90+2), Ashley Barnes (Joe McGlynn 62), Lewis Richardson (Michael Mellon ht). Subs not used: Lewis Thomas, Jake Rooney.

Everton: Billy Crellin, Ryan Astley, Reece Welch, Joseph Anderson, Sebastian Quirk, Tyler Onyango, Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Isaac Price), Rhys Hughes (Elijah Campbell), Thomas Cannon, Lewis Dobbin. Subs not used: Harry Tyrer, Harry Hagan, Sebastian Kristensen.

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