Burnley are only under-23 northern group losers
The last week of the early season north v south games have been completed this week with Burnley, beaten 2-1 by Millwall last Monday, the only team in the northern group to be beaten.
Millwall’s late winner means we’ve dropped to third from bottom in the table after suffering a fifth defeat in five games and only Barnsley now have less points than us. We should, undoubtedly, be in a better position, but we’ve twice thrown two goal leads away. Had we won those two games and got the draw on Monday we would be joint top.
It’s Leeds who remain top after a big 5-0 win against Bristol City, a game that saw former Burnley loan player Patrick Bamford score. Not are they now the only team in the northern group to remain unbeaten but the only team in the league with both Charlton and QPR losing for the first time at Sheffield United and Crewe respectively.
We’ve six points from the two home wins against Cardiff and Crystal Palace. Crewe’s win means they are now only behind us on goal difference while Barnsley, who got their first win of the season against Coventry, are now just two points behind.
It’s been a strange start for our under-23s. With Michael Duff working with the first team and Andy Farrell out of action, they had Nicky Law in charge during pre-season. Duff then returned but Jon Pepper took over on Monday with Duff, now the Cheltenham boss, watching from the stands.
It will be Pepper’s job to replace Duff but he admitted this week it will be a difficult task. “He’s been massive,” Pepper said. “Having someone who has been a player at the club and involved in the club for such a long time, knowing how the gaffer works, has been massive for the lads.
“For him to come into the academy after his career has been huge for the staff as well. I’m new to the club and he’s really educated some of the staff in what it means to represent Burnley Football Club, the culture, the expectations and the values. He’s really helped to implement that.”
I think it is very appropriate this week that the photograph accompanying the review should be one of Dwight McNeil. He was in the youth team under Duff in 2016/17, played for Duff for the under-23s in 2017/18 and as our calculated risk leaves, he does so having seen McNeil make two starts in the first team.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables can all be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 7th September
Barnsley 1 Coventry 0
Leeds 5 Bristol City 0
Monday 10th September
Bolton 0 Ipswich 0
Burnley 1 Millwall 2
Crewe 3 QPR 1
Hull 4 Watford 1
Nottingham Forest 2 Cardiff 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Colchester 1
Tuesday 11th September
Birmingham 0 Crystal Palace 0
Sheffield United 2 Charlton 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 14th September
Barnsley v Crewe
Coventry v Cardiff
Saturday 15th September
Birmingham v Hull
Monday 17th September
Burnley v Bolton
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest
Colchester v Charlton
Millwall v Bristol City
QPR v Crystal Palace
Watford v Ipswich
5: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest)
4: Reise Allassani (Coventry), Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham), Ben Morris (Ipswich), Danny Rowe (Ipswich)
3: Jack Clarke (Leeds), Michael Folivi (Watford), Mason Saunders-Henry (Millwall)
2: Dan Agyei, Tunde Bayode, Ali Koiki
1: Tinashe Chakwana, Rob Harker, Christian N’Guessan, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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