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It's Burnley vs Blackburn - Part Two

After last week's fantastic occasion the pressure is on tonight as the Rovers youth side look to book a place in the FA Youth Cup Final at the expense of local rivals Burnley.

Last weeks' game left things on a knife edge with Rovers taking a 1-0 half time ascendancy but in a derby anything can happen so expect more fireworks tonight.

A crowd of about 10,000 is expected at Turf Moor with the Rovers youngsters expected to face a cauldron of noise from a rabid Burnley crowd.

To remind the likes of Hugo Fernandez and Adam Henley what can be achieved, one of the original products of the Jack Walker youth academy stepped in to enforce what can be achieved from making the grade in games like tonight.

David Dunn told the Lancashire Telegraph - "It will be a great atmosphere and it obviously would be great to reach the final. But the main thing for a youth team player is to progress and to get a career out of it.

"So to play under these circumstances, in front of a big crowd and against your local rivals, I think you find out who can play under pressure and who will crumble.

"I remember when I was in the final with Rovers and I wobbled in the first leg at Ewood. It is a big test playing in front of such a crowd.

"Youth team football is all about producing players. The important thing for both teams is not winning cups, it is how many of these players go on to have a career.

"Games like this are a learning curve for the players and the coaches because you see who the players are that can cope with the pressure."

Get into 'em boys and make us proud once again.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 28 2012

Time: 10:45AM

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Should be a smashing occasion and let the best team win. By the best team of course I mean the team playing away tonight...
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