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Burnley led the Professional Development League just before Christmas and went into 2019 behind leaders Birmingham on goal difference, but two defeats in a week has now seen us drop six points behind new leaders Leeds.

Leeds took advantage of both us and Birmingham falling to 1-0 defeats. We followed up the loss by the same scoreline against Sheffield Wednesday a week last Monday with Barnsley beating us 1-0 last Friday, two defeats in four days against teams in the bottom three.

1819 burnley bobby thomas 00 500x500Birmingham were also surprise losers at Sheffield United yesterday and that enabled Leeds, who beat Crewe, to go three points clear at the top. A win would have seen them go above us while Bolton, winners against Sheffield Wednesday, are, like Crewe, now just one point behind us and they have two games in hand.

In the other north group game played, bottom of the league Hull picked up another point in a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest although, with Barnsley’s win, they are now five points adrift.

While Colchester, like Hull, are five points behind at the bottom of the south group, things aren’t quite as tight at the top. Ipswich won at Cardiff and have now taken their lead at the top to eight points with QPR having lost at Coventry.

Back to us, and youth team central defender  Bobby Thomas (pictured) made his under-23 debut at Barnsley and received wholesome praise from coach Steve Stone. He said of the 17-year-old: “He looked strong and commanded whatever he did. I had to keep on him to get high up the pitch, but he seems like he takes information on board.

“I’ve liked what he’s about since I’ve come in here and that’s why he’s in my team. I want him around this team until the end of the season so when hopefully he’s here next season, if given a contract and all goes well, he’s got an understanding of what the under-23s are like.”

It’s cup action for the Clarets with only three league games being played as the Premier League Cup kicks in. We play the first of our three home games against Bournemouth this Friday at Curzon Ashton.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found with our Fixtures and Results in U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers in the league, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 11th January
Barnsley 1 Burnley 0
Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 1
Bristol City 1 Charlton 0
Coventry 3 QPR 1
Watford 3 Colchester 0

Monday 14th January
Leeds 2 Crewe 0
Sheffield United 1 Birmingham 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Bolton 3
Cardiff 0 Ipswich 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 18th January
Barnsley v Hull

Monday 21st January
Colchester v Cardiff

Tuesday 22nd January
Millwall v Crystal Palace

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Wednesday 16th January
Leicester v Exeter

Friday 18th January
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Burnley v Bournemouth
Fulham v Birmingham
Reading v Colchester

Saturday 19th January
Swansea v Oxford

Sunday 20th January
Liverpool v West Brom

Monday 21st January
Blackburn v Sheffield United
Charlton v Sunderland
Derby v Plymouth
Doncaster v Everton
Exeter v Nottingham Forest
Hull v Wolves
Leeds v Southampton
Norwich v Leicester
Peterborough v Stoke

Tuesday 22nd January
Notts County v Newcastle

LEADING GOALSCORERS

12: Dan Agyei (Burnley)
11: Aramide Oteh (QPR)
10: Tinashe Chakwana (Burnley), Michael Folivi (Watford)
9: Ben Folami (Ipswich), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham)
8: Luca Navarro (Bolton), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
7: Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

15: Dan Agyei
13: Tinashe Chakwana
5: Dwight McNeil
4: Tunde Bayode
2: Jordan Cropper, Rob Harker, Ali Koiki, own goals
1: Josh Benson, Marley Blair, Mark Howarth, Christian N’Guessan, Kai Smith, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 18 11 3 4 38 24 36
Birmingham City 18 10 3 5 32 15 33
Burnley 19 9 3 7 44 35 30
Bolton Wanderers 17 9 2 6 24 20 29
Crewe Alexandra 19 8 5 6 32 31 29
Sheffield United 18 7 5 6 27 31 26
Nottingham Forest 17 6 4 7 32 25 22
Sheffield Wednesday 18 6 4 8 21 35 22
Barnsley 17 6 2 9 17 33 20
Hull City 17 4 3 10 20 36 15
Team pld w d l f a pts
Ipswich Town 18 10 6 2 45 21 36
Queens Park Rangers 18 7 7 4 45 34 28
Crystal Palace 17 7 5 5 33 28 26
Millwall 16 7 4 5 21 16 25
Coventry City 18 7 4 7 34 30 25
Bristol City 18 6 5 7 26 30 23
Watford 17 5 4 8 25 31 19
Cardiff City 17 4 6 7 27 26 18
Charlton Athletic 18 3 6 9 17 28 15
Colchester United 17 3 1 13 19 51 10
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