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Burnley’s under-23 programme is clearly being used with next season and beyond in mind with trialists featuring in most games now, yet , despite last Thursday’s win, we are a point further behind at the bottom of the league than we were a week ago.

1718 burnley christian nguessan 00 500x500We kicked off this last week with that 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest and then saw the game against Sheffield Wednesday called off. Meanwhile Crewe did get two games in, drawing at Sheffield Wednesday and then beating Birmingham yesterday which now sees us eight points behind them and a further point behind Barnsley although we do have games in hand on every other club.

At the other end of the north group, Bolton stretched their lead to five points with a win against Barnsley and it is Sheffield Wednesday again, rather than United, who are in second place; that draw against Crewe being enough to take them above their local rivals.

Meanwhile, in the south group, Crystal Palace moved eight points clear with a big 4-0 win against Cardiff yesterday whilst Charlton, in second place , went even better with a 6-1 thrashing of third place Coventry on Monday.

This week’s fixtures get underway tomorrow and it’s another trip to Curzon Ashton for us with a re-arranged game against Hull. This was the game that was abandoned in December when the fog came down with us leading 1-0 with a Rahis Nabi goal.

It’s one of four fixtures to be played tomorrow and Friday, three in the north and one in the south, before the north v south resumes and, like the youth league, the first set of fixtures will all be home games for the south group clubs. They are all on Monday with Burnley travelling to Charlton for a tough game against the second place club.

The player featured this week is Christian N’Guessan who scored the second goal in last week’s win against Nottingham Forest.

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

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

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Thursday 8th March
Burnley 3 Nottingham Forest 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Crewe 1
Cardiff 2 Ipswich 1

Saturday 10th March
Hull 0 Leeds 2

Monday 12th March
Bolton 3 Barnsley 1
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday – postponed
Charlton 6 Coventry 1
Colchester v Bristol City – postponed
Ipswich v Watford – postponed
QPR 1 Millwall 1

Tuesday 13th March
Crewe 1 Birmingham 0
Crystal Palace 4 Cardiff 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Thursday 15th March
Burnley v Hull
Colchester v Watford

Friday 16th March
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield
Bristol City v Ipswich

Monday 19th March
Bristol City v Birmingham
Cardiff v Bolton
Charlton v Burnley
Colchester v Crewe
Crystal Palace v Hull
Coventry v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Leeds
Millwall v Nottingham Forest
QPR v Sheffield United
Watford v Sheffield Wednesday

LEADING GOALSCORERS

17: Connor Hall (Bolton)
14: Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry)
13: Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
11: Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley), Michael Folivi (Watford), Levi Lumeka (Crystal Palace), Aramide Oteh (QPR), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
10: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Mark Harris (Cardiff)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

5: Dwight McNeil
3: Tunde Bayode, Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas, Nahki Wells
2: Dan Agyei, Tinashe Chakwana, Christian N’Guessan
1: James Clarke, Harry Flowers, Ntumba Massanka, Rahis Nabi, Fredrik Ulvestad, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Bolton Wanderers 23 13 2 8 42 34 41
Sheffield Wednesday 23 10 6 7 38 33 36
Sheffield United 23 11 2 10 42 35 35
Nottingham Forest 21 9 7 5 44 40 34
Huddersfield Town 24 10 3 11 38 39 33
Hull City 25 10 3 12 38 49 33
Leeds 25 9 5 11 38 41 32
Birmingham City 22 7 6 9 35 34 27
Barnsley 23 7 4 12 37 43 25
Crewe Alexandra 21 7 3 11 29 39 24
Burnley 19 4 4 11 19 44 16
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 23 15 1 7 53 26 46
Charlton Athletic 22 11 5 6 42 32 38
Coventry City 22 10 4 9 47 48 34
Ipswich Town 20 9 5 6 45 30 32
Queens Park Rangers 22 9 4 9 43 44 31
Cardiff City 21 9 4 8 33 34 31
Millwall 24 7 9 8 21 32 30
Watford 20 8 3 9 40 32 27
Colchester United 19 7 6 6 30 32 27
Bristol City 21 3 8 10 24 37 17
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