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Burnley started last week five points behind leaders Leeds United in the Professional Development League. We were in fourth place but another big win has moved us up to third with Bolton taking over at the top of the league.

Leeds were beaten at Crewe and that enabled Bolton, winners against Sheffield Wednesday, to take top spot while we moved ahead of Birmingham who were beaten at home against Sheffield United.

1819 burnley ali koiki 00 500x500It was our seventh win of the season and took our points total to 22 from twelve games. We are now just three wins and 12 points short of last season’s final total.

It was a big week too for left-back Ali Koiki (pictured). With both Phil Bardsley and Stephen Ward out of the reckoning for the first team, he travelled to West Ham last Saturday but was back in the team for Monday’s game when he had another outstanding game at left-back.

But it is up front where things are going really well for us at the moment. We have now scored more goals than any other team in the league and we have eight more than Leeds who are next best in the north group.

Strike pair Dan Agyei and Tinashe Chakwana are leading the way. They are two of five players in the league to have scored eight goals and with a couple of cup competitions, both have now reached double figures.

It’s a tight league with fifth place Birmingham just five points behind the leaders but in the south, Ipswich are five points clear of the next three. They drew 2-2 against Millwall who had kicked off in second place but have now fallen behind QPR and Crystal Palace on goal difference.

There is only one league game this week and that’s the south group game between Crystal Palace and Colchester. For most others it is back to Premier League Cup action and, having lost 7-1 at Bournemouth in our first game, it couldn’t be much more daunting as we face a trip to Liverpool on Sunday.

Our next league game is against Nottingham Forest at home a week on Monday. This game is currently scheduled to be played at Tameside Stadium, home of Curzon Ashton..

The League Tables and the Premier League Cup Group Tables will be updated as results are confirmed. They can be found along with our Fixtures and Results in U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables can all be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday 3rd November
Birmingham 1 Sheffield United 2
Hull 0 Nottingham Forest 4

Monday 5th November
Bolton 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Burnley 4 Barnsley 1
Crewe 3 Leeds 1
Charlton 1 Bristol City 1
Colchester 2 Watford 3
Crystal Palace 2 Millwall 0
Ipswich 2 Cardiff 2
QPR 1 Coventry 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Monday 12th November
Crystal Palace v Colchester

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Thursday 8th November
Charlton v Stoke
Derby v Aston Villa
Exeter v Norwich

Friday 9th November
Blackburn v Everton
Bournemouth v West Brom
Bristol City v Plymouth
Southampton v Newcastle

Saturday 10th November
Swansea v Wolves
Fulham v Colchester

Sunday 11th November
Liverpool v Burnley

Monday 12th November
Hull v Oxford
Leicester v Nottingham Forest
Reading v Birmingham

LEADING GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE)

8: Dan Agyei (Burnley), Tinashe Chakwana (Burnley), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham), Luca Navarro (Bolton), Aramide Oteh (QPR)
7: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest)
6: Ryan Edmondson (Leeds), Michael Folivi (Watford), Danny Rowe (Ipswich)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

10: Dan Agyei, Tinashe Chakwana
3: Tunde Bayode, Dwight McNeil
2: Ali Koiki
1: Josh Benson, Jordan Cropper, Rob Harker, Mark Howarth, Christian N’Guessan, Kai Smith, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Bolton Wanderers 12 8 1 3 19 10 25
Leeds 12 7 3 2 24 14 24
Burnley 12 7 1 4 32 21 22
Sheffield United 12 6 3 3 20 19 21
Birmingham City 12 6 2 4 21 13 20
Crewe Alexandra 12 5 3 4 19 18 18
Nottingham Forest 12 4 3 5 22 18 15
Sheffield Wednesday 12 4 3 5 13 24 15
Hull City 12 3 2 7 13 27 11
Barnsley 12 3 1 8 11 28 10
Team pld w d l f a pts
Ipswich Town 12 6 5 1 30 12 23
Queens Park Rangers 12 4 6 2 29 24 18
Crystal Palace 11 5 3 3 18 14 18
Millwall 12 5 3 4 16 13 18
Bristol City 12 4 3 5 17 20 15
Coventry City 12 4 2 6 20 20 14
Charlton Athletic 12 2 6 4 15 16 12
Cardiff City 11 2 4 5 16 22 10
Watford 12 2 4 6 16 25 10
Colchester United 10 2 0 8 12 25 6
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