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Behind Birmingham on goal difference, our under-23s need to better their results over the final three games of the season to finish in second place in the Professional Development League to reach the play-offs, and the first of those three games comes this afternoon at Nottingham Forest.

1819 burnley steve stone 01 500x500Having moved into pole position ahead of Birmingham, the defeat at Bristol City a week last Monday was a blow, and we followed that up four days later with a second defeat, this time in the quarter-final of the Premier League Cup against Leeds.

Five of the players on duty against Leeds have since learned they will be leaving at the end of the season and it isn’t known as to whether any of them will be involved in today’s game.

It was against Forest, his former club, that it started for coach Steve Stone.  His first game in charge was against them back in November at Curzon Ashton, a game we won 4-3 with Dwight McNeil, Tinashe Chakwana and Dan Agyei scoring alongside an Anel Ahmedhodzic own goal. Agyei’s goal, the winner, came in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

That win took us to the top of the league but it has been pretty average since with five wins and five defeats along with two draws in the league which has seen Leeds pull clear and go on to win the league.

Stone said ahead of today’s game: “I think everyone knows my mentality. There’ll be no slacking off and we’ll be looking to try and win all three games and see how that works out.”

This fixture last season was played in October 2017 and ended in a 1-1 draw with Fredrik Ulvestad scoring our goal. Today’s kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Forest Academy and the game is open to the public although Forest have confirmed there is no parking available.

Please also note that Monday’s game against Colchester United will now be played at Gawthorpe.

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