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It’s Monday and that often means the under-23s are in action. Today is no exception with Hull City the visitors to Curzon Ashton for what is our seventh Professional Development League game of the season.

1718 burnley rahis nabi 00 500x500It could be said that it’s been a mixed start with three wins and three defeats from the first six games, but two of the defeats came when we conceded 2-0 leads and the last of them was when Millwall scored a last minute and unexpected equaliser.

The most recent of the wins was a week ago in that feisty affair against Bolton which was highlighted for us with the appearance of Steven Defour for almost the first hour of the game. Thankfully our Belgian international was safe in the dressing room when all the trouble kicked off.

Hull are just a couple of points behind us. They’ve also lost three times but won twice and drawn the other. Their most recent game ended in a 3-0 defeat at Birmingham a week last Saturday.

This was the fixture we had to start twice last season, both of them at Curzon Ashton. The first attempt was in December but we played just 33 minutes. By that time we led with a goal scored by Rahis Nabi (pictured) but the referee, sensibly and correctly, brought a halt to proceedings when the descending fog made it impossible to continue. Michael Duff supported the referee afterwards and added: “From what you could see the lads did OK.”

When it was played in March it ended in a very undeserved defeat. We were beaten 2-1 with our goal scored by Ntumba Massanka. We included five substitutes that night. Jake Barrett (Manchester United), Josh Benson (Arsenal) an Stephen Duke-McKenna (Everton) all started while Harvey Whyte (Liverpool) and Moise Kroma (Leeds) came off the bench.

Benson is now a Burnley player while Duke-McKenna played against us a week ago in this league for Bolton.

Kick off at Curzon Ashton this afternoon is 2 p.m.

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