Bolton win takes under-23s up to fifth
Monday’s somewhat eventful 2-0 win against Bolton at Curzon Ashton has lifted the Clarets back up to fifth in the Professional Development League with three wins and three defeats from our first six games.
Barnsley’s win at home against Crewe last Friday had seen us drop to next to bottom, but the win has taken us back above them as well as Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull, albeit only on alphabetical order from Forest and goal difference from Wednesday.
Both Sheffield teams were involved in 2-2 draws. Wednesday earned themselves a very creditable 2-2 draw at leaders Leeds and there was a familiar name on the scoresheet with George Boyd scoring his first ever goal in the competition. Sheffield United were at home with Danny Lafferty scoring in their 2-2 draw against Forest.
Leeds remain the only unbeaten side and their lead at the top of the league remains at three points although it is Birmingham, who were fifth, who are now closest to them.
We are the only Premier League club to have a team in the northern group but in the south there are three and they are having mixed fortunes. Ipswich lead the table but they are just one point ahead of Millwall and the first of those Premier League clubs Crystal Palace. The other two, Cardiff and Watford, are in the bottom three with Watford bottom and the only team not to have won in their opening six fixtures.
Next week sees us at home for the third week in a row, and we’ll be at home again on the following week. It’s Hull next Monday at Curzon Ashton with the Clarets hoping to push further up the league. There could be another outing for Steven Defour and, you never know, we might even see Robbie Brady as he moves closer to a first team return.
The player pictured is Dan Agyei who scored the opening goal against Bolton.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, Burnley’s goalscorers in both league and cups and the current league tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 14th September
Barnsley 4 Crewe 2
Coventry 3 Cardiff 0
Saturday 15th September
Birmingham 3 Hull 0
Monday 17th September
Burnley 2 Bolton 0
Leeds 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Sheffield United 2 Nottingham Forest 2
Colchester 2 Charlton 0
Millwall 0 Bristol City 0
QPR 5 Crystal Palace 0
Watford 0 Ipswich 2
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 21st September
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United
Bristol City v QPR
Monday 24th September
Bolton v Leeds
Burnley v Hull
Crewe v Birmingham
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Cardiff v Millwall
Charlton v Watford
Crystal Palace v Colchester
Ipswich v Coventry
6: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest)
5: Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham)
4: Reise Allassani (Coventry), Jack Clarke (Leeds), Deshane Dalling (QPR), Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull), Ben Morris (Ipswich), Danny Rowe (Ipswich)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)
4: Dan Agyei
3: Tinashe Chakwana
2: Tunde Bayode, Ali Koiki
1: Rob Harker, Dwight McNeil, Christian N’Guessan, Kai Smith, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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