Huddersfield move back to the top
When Burnley’s U18 Professional Development League game at Hull was called off on Saturday morning, it gave an opportunity for Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers to move ahead of us and knock us off the top of the league.
They all needed wins; Huddersfield started the day two points behind us while Leeds and Bolton were both three points behind and with better goal differences; they were also playing against each other with the winner guaranteed to move ahead of us. All three started with a game in hand on us.
Huddersfield grabbed their opportunity. They beat Crewe at home to go back to the top of the league, but Leeds and Bolton fought out a 4-4 draw which leaves both two points behind us. Leeds, who we beat twice last week, once in the league and then in the FA Youth Cup, will be kicking themselves having held a three goal lead over Bolton.
Crewe’s defeat at Huddersfield has landed them at the bottom of the league with Barnsley moving ahead of them after a surprise 4-0 win at Sheffield United, but the league remains very close with Crewe just ten points behind leaders Huddersfield.
The south group has, throughout the season, seen a much bigger gap between top and bottom. It remains so, with leaders Crystal Palace some 24 points ahead of bottom of the league Coventry, but that’s been reduced over the weekend.
Palace lost for just the second time this season, beaten at home by Watford who are now just seven points behind Palace in second place. Millwall beat Bristol City to stay behind Watford on goal difference.
But what’s happening a the bottom of the league with Coventry? On Thursday 16th November they won 2-0 at Cardiff. These were their first points of the season having lost all of their previous ten games.
They followed that up a week last Saturday with a 4-1 win against QPR and two days ago they made it three out of three with a 2-1 win at Colchester who they now trail by just one point.
This week sees just four fixtures and all of them on different days starting this Wednesday. Burnley are at Sheffield Wednesday, the only game this week scheduled for Saturday morning.
The player shown is defender Scott Wilson.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, Burnley’s goalscorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 2nd December
Birmingham v Nottingham Forest – Postponed
Huddersfield 3 Crewe 2
Hull v Burnley – Postponed
Leeds 4 Bolton 4
Sheffield United 0 Barnsley 4
Cardiff 0 Charlton 1
Colchester 1 Coventry 2
Crystal Palace 0 Watford 2
Ipswich 0 QPR 2
Millwall 2 Bristol City 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Wednesday 6th December
Bolton v Barnsley
Friday 8th December
Charlton v Millwall
Saturday 9th December
Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley
Tuesday 12th December
Hull v Leeds
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Bobby Thomas
1: James Clarke, Leighton Egan, Craig Ellison, Mitchell George, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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