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You may have missed a few things with all the bad news recently including the misery of losing Sam Vokes for the rest of the season to injury. Sam picked up a cruciate ligament injury in last Saturday`s home game against Leicester. It was a significant blow and virtually ensured we would lose our first Championship home game of the season and so it would prove with a 2-0 defeat. The Clarets have been lucky with injuries all season but now at a crucial time with automatic promotion on the horizon, the treatment room at Turf Moor is getting full to capacity. Along with Vokes who now faces surgery, Danny Ings is still being treated for an ankle problem, Kieran Trippier is recovering from a hamstring injury and now Junior Stanislas is also complaining of a tight hamstring. Just to add salt to the wounds, Dean Marney is sitting out his second match ahead of the Watford game at Vicarage Road today after picking up a tenth yellow card against Doncaster and receiving an automatic two-match ban. The Clarets are still currently in second spot with a nine point cushion ahead of third placed QPR going into the Watford game but with just seven games to play, there could be a nervy period ahead with so many injury concerns. At least Marney will be available for the match at Oakwell next Tuesday night and it is thought that Trippier and Ings might also make it in time for the Barnsley game.

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Nothing much seems to be going our way at the moment. It was great of course that Sean Dyche was again one of the nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award this week, his fifth nomination this season but it was not going to be a third win following news that Leicester`s Nigel Pearson had scooped the award.

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Most of the other news this month has been related to our development and youth team squads. The bad news continued for the Clarets after losing the semi-final of the inaugural U21 Premier League Cup against Manchester City in midweek. The game played at the Leigh Sports Village on the night of Tuesday 1st April finished 3-2 to City but at least the Clarets gave a good account of themselves against their Premier League counterparts. Burnley came from behind twice but it wasn`t to be in the end. Cameron Dummigan wiped out Bytyqi`s opening goal midway through the first-half. The right back controlled the ball and then cut inside to shoot with his left from outside the box. The ball flew across City keeper Ian Lawlor into the bottom corner of the net. City though regained the lead before half-time after Mathias Bossaerts bruised his way to the byline to square the ball to Jordy Mayifuila for a tap in. The resilient Clarets though were still fighting and in the second-half they once again drew level just past the hour mark. Gilchrist with his back to the goal held the ball up well to put Dummigan through on the overlap to force a corner. From the corner, defender Tom Anderson got up to win a header and feed Gilchrist who thumped the ball home. It was left to City`s Sinan Bytyqi though to notch up his brace in the 75th minute and secure victory for Patrick Vieira`s side.

Match Stats

Burnley: Danijel Nizic;, Cameron Dummigan, Alex Coleman, Tom Anderson, Luke Conlan (Luke Daly 84), Micah Evans, Luke Gallagher, Nathan Lowe (Jamie Frost 69), Cameron Howieson, Jason Gilchrist, Steve Hewitt.

Subs not used: Callum Jakovlevs, Jack Errington, Ntumba Massanka

Manchester City: Ian Lawlor, Mathias Bossearts (Adam Drury 61), Shay Facey, Ellis Plummer, Greg Leigh (Jose Tasende 46), George Glendon, Sinan Bytyqi, Seko Fofana, Olivier Ntcham, Devante Cole (Marcos Lopes 72), Jody Mayifuila

Subs not used: Jason Denayer, Billy O`Brien

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Oh well at least that was the end of the bad news! There was a lot of good news for our young guns at least following the announcement of professional deals for some of our youngsters.

It was a good week for Northern Ireland under 19 international Cameron Dummigan. Not only was the 17 year old right back on target for the Clarets in the Under 21 Premier League Cup semi final game against Manchester City on Tuesday night but he also picked up his first professional contract (subject to FA clearance)

Dummigan signed a two year deal after impressing in the Clarets' development squad this season.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said:

"We are delighted to sign Cameron on a first senior deal.

"He is one of a number of young players on their career pathway and we look forward to working with him over the coming years."

Seven second year scholars have also been offered contracts for the 2014/15 season and will now move into the U21 Development Squad group next season.

The players are:

Connor Mitchell

Northern Ireland Under 17 goalkeeper from Portrush.

Alex Whitmore

Central defender originally from Wallsend Boys Club in Tyneside

Callum Richardson

Australian-born defender

Nathan Lowe

Wigan born midfielder who became a full-time scholar after coming through Burnley`s Centre of Excellence.

Kevin Ly

Australian-born midfielder born in Bankstown, New South Wales.

Luke Daly

Midfielder. He joined Burnley towards the end of the 2011/12 season after leaving Manchester United.

Evan Galvin

Republic of Ireland under-16 international midfielder. Joined from Cork Corinthians

Vital Burnley wish all our new professionals well and congratulate them on their first deals

Sadly though goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs, defender Charlie Holt and striker Lewis Nuttall will not be offered new contracts when their current deals expire in the summer and we wish them well in their careers.

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The last bit of news regarding our young guns relates to the Lancashire FA Senior Cup Semi-Final and that will now be against Bury. Clarets fans were probably expecting another battle royale against Blackburn Rovers in the last four tie but Rovers lost their quarter-final 2-1 to Bury at Brockhall this week. The other semi-final will see Wigan face Bolton.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Saturday April 5 2014
Time: 11:31AM

Comments

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Well done to all the young guns! Wonder how many of these we will see in the first team in a few years time?
turfmanphil
05/04/2014 17:37:00
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The future is bright, the future is Claret?
turfmanphil
06/04/2014 14:24:00
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Anyone know how many of them can now say that they have a FAYC Cup semi-final campaign and an FAU21 Cup semi-final campaign on their CV? I have deliberately included the word campaign here so that captain Love can say this despite missing the U21 semi due to injury.
Couch Potato
07/04/2014 08:51:00
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Anyone know what's happened to Shay McCartan who was in the Youth semi-final run? I think I recall a bit of emotion on here when he was released.
Couch Potato
07/04/2014 08:53:00
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Burnley’s Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final against Bury will take place on Tuesday, April 15, with a 7pm kick off at Turf Moor. The Bob Lord Stand will be open with tickets on the night £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and £1 for season ticket holders of either club.
turfmanphil
09/04/2014 18:10:00
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McCartan plays for Accy CP
turfmanphil
09/04/2014 18:12:00
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