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Tomorrow’s Professional Development League game against Queens Park Rangers was yesterday switched from Leyland to the Turf and will give an opportunity to more of our supporters to see then current crop of young Burnley players in action.

It will be a tough game too against a side that has started the season remarkably well at under-21 level. They currently sit top of the south group with maximum points from their four games to date, in which they have scored no fewer than sixteen goals.

It’s been a season of improvement for us so far. We lost our opener against a very experienced Millwall side, then drew with Cardiff at home with the visitors equalising four minutes into stoppage time. Our most recent game was last Friday at Colchester where we came from behind to win 4-1.

QPR kicked off their season with a 3-2 win at Wigan before beating Coventry 4-2 at home. Their next away game ended in a 7-1 win at Peterborough before, on Monday of this week, they beat Fleetwood, who themselves hadn’t dropped a point until this game, 2-0.

Their goals have been spread across the team too with a total of nine different goalscorers. Steven Bala leads the way; he’s scored three with all of them coming in the win against Coventry. They’ve added to their squad this week too with the capture of Casey Shann from Brighton, a 19-year-old from Brighton who has represented Slovakia at under-19 level.

Burnley too have a new signing with Logan Pye having signed last week. He’s already played in two of our games, one of them in the league and the other in the Lancashire Senior Cup. He scored too in the draw against Cardiff.

In our four previous seasons in this league, we’ve played QPR at home three times and once away from home. The first of those in 2017/18 ended in a 3-1 home win with our goals coming from Ntumba Massanka and Tinashe Chakwana (2) but we suffered a defeat at QPR in the next season, going down 3-2 with Ali Koiki and Rob Harker on the mark for Burnley. Harker is the last Burnley player to score against them. It ended 0-0 in 2019/20 and last season we were beaten 3-0, both of these games at home.

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 12 noon. It’s free to season ticket holders but admission, by ticket only, for non season ticket holders is £5 adults and £2 concessions.

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