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Clarets ready for U21 tie
4:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Football
DEVELOPMENT squad manager Simon Weatherstone has described the U21 Premier League Cup as an “important time” for his players.
The Clarets host Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor tonight (kick-off 7pm) in the qualifying round of the inaugural knockout competition, which is open to all academies.
Matches are played on a regional basis until the fourth round (last 16), when the competition becomes national.
“It’s great for the lads to experience a competitive cup competition,” said Weatherstone.
“We’re looking forward to showing people what we can do.
“It’s really important for the lads to experience playing under the lights at Turf Moor, which is obviously what they want to do in the years to come.
“They’ve had it briefly in youth cup spells, but this will be completely different opposition and more physical in Wigan.
“It’s important development time for them. It’s important to play in games like this.”
All matches, to be played in the club’s home stadiums, consist of players aged U16-U21, although clubs can field up to three older outfield players and one older goalkeeper although it’s likely that Burnley’s team will be made up largely of under 21s.
After this round, the competition becomes an open draw, with the final being played over two legs at the club’s main stadiums.
Should the Clarets progress, they have already been drawn away in the second qualifying round against Crewe Alexandra.
Tonight’s tie must be settled on the night meaning extra time and penalties. Only the Bob Lord Stand is open with prices for adults £3 and £1 for all concessions.
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