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Monday, January 18, 2021
Tucker & Burnley Under 23 Draw with Wolverhampton

Ne-Jai Tucker and his Burnley teammates had to dig deep to earn a point as Jimmy Dunne made a welcome return to help the Clarets hold title challengers Wolves at the Barnfield Training Center.

Dunne was back in action for the first time this year following a spell in isolation.

And the defender played a leading role as Steve Stone’s men shut out the visitors to halt their run of three successive away wins in Premier League 2.

There were also run-outs for a handful of players who have been around the Clarets' first-team squad in recent weeks – including Anthony Glennon, Bobby Thomas, Joel Mumbongo and Anthony Gomez Mancini – as they added some valuable game-time ahead of potential involvement in next weekend’s FA Cup trip to Fulham.

Josh Benson completed 90 minutes after a couple of unused substitute appearances in the Premier League since Burnley got past MK Dons in the third round of the Cup earlier this month.

And goalkeeper Lukas Jensen, who was in the Burnley travelling party to West Ham last Saturday, further enhanced his credentials with an excellent performance to keep Wolves at bay.

The Midlanders had the majority of the few clear openings on show in a competitive encounter and almost grabbed all three points with a later header that hit the woodwork.

But Burnley could arguably point to the best chance of the contest when substitute Tucker played in Max Thompson for an opportunity that he couldn’t take early in the second half.

It was a smart turn and pass from the Bermuda youth international that opened up the Wolves’ defense for a chance Thompson let slip by when he delayed his shot and was denied by a tackle by Nigel Lonwijk.

Wolves then wound up the pressure again in search of a winner.

But once more Jensen stood in their way with an excellent save from Shabani, turning the ball around the post for a corner at full stretch.

From the set-piece, Austin Samuels forced the ball over the line but the effort from the Wolves’ substitute was ruled out for offside.

And in the closing minutes the Clarets survived one last chance to hang onto a fiercely guarded clean sheet – and make it just one defeat in seven games in PL2’s second division – when Lonwijk headed another corner against the bar.
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