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Monday, February 08, 2021
Tucker & Burnley Fall to Stoke in Premier League 2 Clash

Ne-Jai Tucker and his Burnley Under 23 teammates lost just their second game of their previous nine matches, with a 2-1 defeat at home to Stoke City.

D'Margio Wright-Phillips gave the visitors the lead, before Max Thompson struck the equalizer minutes later.

But Kieran Coates' 56th minute effort deemed to be the winner in a tight contest at Leyland.

There was just one change to the side that beat Newcastle United last Monday, with Connor Barret coming in for Anthony Glennon, who is likely to be involved with Sean Dyche's side on Tuesday evening in the FA Cup.

After a quiet opening 20 minutes at Leyland, the first real chance came for midfielder Ben Woods, who fired just over the bar from a free-kick on the edge of the area.

But it was Stoke City who found the opener in a tight opening contest on a wintery afternoon in Lancashire.

As son of former Manchester City and England winger Sean Wright Phillips, D'Margio, fired home the first goal of the afternoon from inside the area.

But the away side were only ahead for two minutes, as Richard Nartey kept the ball alive with two looping headers into the area, before the in-form Thompson eventually rifled home into the bottom corner, to pull the scores level.

With the two sideís level at the break, it was former Burnley striker, Kevin Russell's side who came out on the front foot in the second-half.

And Stoke City regained the lead just before the hour mark, after right-back Kieran Coates latched onto a Burnley clearance, before slotting coolly past Marc Richter, in between the Burnley sticks.

Moments later, the visitors came close to a third, after winger Christian Nortonn broke through on goal, only to see his one-on-one effort with Richter saved well by the towering German.

Burnley pushed for an equalizing goal as the clock ticked on in West Lancashire, but Stone's side were kept at bay by a Stoke side, who moved to second in the table with the win.
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