BURNLEY Under-23s boss Steve Stone was left frustrated by his side's performance against Watford in the Professional Development League, despite the young Clarets coasting to a 2-0 win.

Early goals from Tinashe Chakwana and Lewis Richardson secured the points for the home side at Barnfield Training Centre as Burnley continue their push for a top two finish and a place in the play-offs.

The win moves them above rivals Birmingham City but Stone was left wanting more.

"It was job done, we knew they had a lot of ability," said the Clarets boss.

"I tried to ask them to go and play football and at times we struggled with it.

"Some of the players proved today that moving the ball quickly and playing two touch was a problem for them and they have to get better at that if they want to stay here. It is as simple as that.

"We know they can fight and scrap but the next level up is a big jump and you have to be able to handle the ball in tight areas and some of them struggled."

He added: "I am demanding, and that is my job to be demanding. I have had a little bit of a rant at the players in terms of things we must be able to do better. These are things I was telling them when I got here so it has got to stick.

"But we have won a football match without being great which is key because that means you have got people who can stop the ball going in the net and you have someone who can put the ball in the back of the net, like Lewis Richardson.

"I didn't think we were ever going to concede but I thought we would score a goal and as a coach that is great."

First team pair Nick Pope and Kevin Long came through 90 minutes for the Clarets with the keeper not having a save to make in a game the hosts dominated against a Watford side featuring five trialists.

Long was a steady presence at the back alongside Olly Younger, back after an injury lay-off, while 16-year-old Richardson impressed up front. The England youth international, who had to be given permission to miss a day of school to feature in the game, doubled Burnley's lead with a composed finish from inside the box. Chakwana opened the scoring as he applied the finishing touch to a flowing counter attack.

The wideman also hit the bar while Dan Agyei had a goal ruled out for offside in a first half the Clarets dominated.

Neither side quite got going after the break with a strong win not helping matters, although Burnley sub Bobby Thomas headed narrowly over from a corner while Chakwana brought a smart save out of Watford goalkeeper Adam Parkes.