One goal separates top two in under-23 league
It was back to league action over the last few days in the Professional Development League and our comeback at Leeds last Friday has helped tighten things up at the top with Sheffield United now below Leeds only on goal difference.
We looked to be heading for defeat, but goals from Dwight McNeil and Oliver Younger (pictured) earned us a point and that gave Sheffield United the opportunity to go top yesterday when they faced Barnsley at home. Any two goal win would have sufficed. They did win, but the scoreline was 1-0 which keeps Leeds at the top by virtue of having conceded one less goal.
It’s very close at the top. Birmingham beat Nottingham Forest and are just one point behind while Bolton, who beat Hull 4-0 last night, are one point behind Birmingham. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, bottom club Sheffield Wednesday beat Crewe which enabled them to move up three places.
Ipswich, top of the league in the southern group, suffered similarly to Leeds. They too were in front in their game but were held, eventually, to a 2-2 draw by QPR, a result that has reduced their lead at the top to just one point following Millwall’s 2-0 win against Watford.
Watford remain the only team in the two leagues without a win although they remain one point above bottom club Colchester. Watford have picked up four draws in their nine games but Colchester, with one game in hand, have won just once and lost the rest, the most recent one a 4-1 loss at Coventry.
This week’s fixtures give us a chance to do Leeds a favour in a reverse of last week’s games for the top two. Leeds this time play Barnsley with Sheffield United our next opponents.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables can all be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 12th October
Leeds 2 Burnley 2
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Crewe 0
Millwall 2 Watford 0
QPR 2 Ipswich 2
Monday 15th October
Bolton 4 Hull 0
Nottingham Forest 0 Birmingham 1
Sheffield United 1 Barnsley 0
Bristol City 0 Crystal Palace 2
Cardiff 3 Charlton 1
Coventry 4 Colchester 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 19th October
Barnsley v Leeds
Watford v Bristol City
Saturday 20th October
Birmingham v Bolton
Hull v Sheffield Wednesday
Monday 22nd October
Burnley v Sheffield United
Charlton v Ipswich
Colchester v Cardiff
Crystal Palace v Coventry
QPR v Millwall
Wednesday 24th October
Crewe v Nottingham Forest
7: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest)
6: Danny Rowe (Ipswich)
5: Dan Agyei (Burnley), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)
7: Dan Agyei
4: Tinashe Chakwana
2: Tunde Bayode, Ali Koiki, Dwight McNeil
1: Rob Harker, Christian N’Guessan, Kai Smith, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Oliver Younger
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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