Burnley U23s v Sunderland U23s: Elliott Dickman targets cup progression

Sunderland Under-23 boss Elliott Dickman
Sunderland Under-23 boss Elliott Dickman
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Sunderland Under-23s are in action this afternoon aiming to progress in the Premier League Cup.

Elliott Dickman's Black Cats side can cement their place at the top of their Premier League Cup group with three points at bottom-side Burnley.

The game is taking place at Edgeley Park, Stockport (kick-off 1pm).

One of only two teams still undefeated in the competition, Sunderland take on Burnley knowing a point would be enough to secure their place in the next round with a game to spare.

Under-23 boss Dickman said: "It is a big game and another opportunity for the lads to show what they can do.

"It is another challenge and it is one as staff and players we always look forward to because you want to progress in as many cup competitions as you can.

"The demands that we set are that we want the players to be at their very best all the time.

"Things have to be done right, they have to be done properly – just doing enough day in day out isn’t going to help you progress.

"You have to work hard to improve so from our point of view as staff we want players to know that the demands are high.

"They are the same high standards every week and in every game - it’s important the lads maintain that," Dickman told the club website.

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