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With a trip to Charlton Athletic to come next week, our under-23s close their 2018/19 home programme this afternoon against bottom of the table Colchester United.

1819 burnley steve stone 01 500x500We looked favourites to reach the end of season play-offs just a couple of weeks ago but, having lost at Ipswich early last month, we’ve been beaten twice again on the road at Bristol City and Nottingham Forest to leave our chances of finishing second hanging by a thread.

Birmingham won two days ago to move three points ahead of us with two games to go, and they have a better goal difference which means our only hope now is to win both of our remaining games and hope that Birmingham win neither of theirs at Bristol City and Hull.

Top just before Christmas, it’s not been plain sailing in 2019 with five defeats in our nine league games and it is easy to point at the goals for column. We’ve scored 14 in our 9 games in 2019 but that is in contrast to a team that had netted 44 goals in 17 games prior to Christmas.

It’s time to put that right now and it starts today against a Colchester side who are bottom of the south group, behind Watford on goal difference. They’ve conceded 72 goals in 26 games, and that’s considerably more than any other team has conceded.

Last season’s game against them, played on the same Monday as today’s game, ended in a 1-0 defeat at their training ground. We’d also played them twice in the Premier League Cup. We won 4-0 at Curzon Ashton with Tinashe Chakwana scoring to add to a Nahki Wells hat trick, but we were beaten 3-0 at Colchester on a Friday night in February last year, a result that ultimately led to us bowing out of the competition at the group stage.

Today’s game will now be played behind closed doors at Gawthorpe. Kick off is at 2 p.m.

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