Ryan Semple

Posh U21s welcome The Clarets to the idverde Training Ground on Tuesday afternoon.

Peterborough United U21s return to Professional Development League action on Tuesday afternoon (1pm) as they welcome Burnley U21s to the idverde Training Ground.

The under 21s were last action in the league at the beginning of the month, falling to a 4-2 defeat to Barnsley but have since put in a good performance against Sunderland U21s in the Premier League Cup and progressed into the next round of the Senior Hillier Cup.

U21s Lead Professional Development Phase Coach, Ryan Semple, has outlined the importance of staying switched throughout the whole game and felt some results haven’t reflected the performance.

Semple said: “We definitely should have got over the line in some performances, whether they are draws or wins. There have been a lot of times when we needed to get that result over the line, but periods of the performances that have been really good. Last week against Sunderland, we obviously lost in the 97th minute, but throughout the whole game, we were in it and periods where we caused them issues as well.

“We have got to make sure we stay switched on and be more consistent in longer periods as that keeps you in games. If you have a lapse of concentration for a short amount of time, you will be undone by it and that has been the case for us at times this season. We have been working hard to make sure the players are aware of what we want them to do and they stick to that, but when the game gets difficult, we need to stick together.”

The Clarets are currently fourth in the Professional Development League, having lost just once in their last five games and held Brentford B to a 3-3 draw in the Premier League Cup, but Semple believes the squad can look to exploit their weaknesses on the day.

“They look to play good football, try to keep hold of possession, move the ball quite well and can be a threat at any time, but we feel as a team we can exploit them. We will try to manage their strengths but also look to exploit their weaknesses, which is all you can try to do and worked over that in the last week,” Semple added.

Forward Reuben Marshall has now returned to full training and could be in contention to face The Clarets, while a number of the loan players could also be available for selection. Midfielder Will Van Lier has played his third game in a matter of weeks after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, scoring in the victory over Brackley Town, and will look to continue his return to full match fitness on Tuesday.