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The final games of 2017 have been played in the Professional Development League with Sheffield Wednesday leading the way in the north group and Crystal Palace in the south group as we head into Christmas.

1718 burnley rahis nabi 00 500x500There were ten fixtures scheduled in the last week, two last Friday and the other eight last night, with two of them getting called off. The Birmingham v Nottingham Forest fixture last Friday was a victim of the cold weather while our attempts to play Hull last night ended just past the half hour as the fog descended in Ashton after Rahis Nabi (pictured) had given us a 1-0 lead.

Sheffield Wednesday we were the team without a game and were guaranteed that top spot but their lead has now been reduced to three points with Sheffield United having won at Barnsley in the one game that went ahead last Friday.

Bolton would have gone back into second place last night with a win but were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom club Leeds. Had Leeds won that one, they would have moved up a couple of places and that would have left us in bottom place and they are our next opponents when things get underway in 2018.

Moving south, Palace might have needed a result had QPR beaten Watford but that game ended in a draw leaving Palace clear no matter what. But they made the most of it, beat bottom of the league Bristol City 4-0 to go four points clear.

Ipswich are third. They swapped places with Coventry after beating them 6-0. Conor McKendry scored four of Ipswich’s goals; he’s the first player to score four goals in one game this season.

That’s it now until Friday 5th January 2018. There are two games on that day, including ours at Leeds, and eight on the following Monday.

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

The latest results, the next fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables can all be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 15th December
Barnsley 0 Sheffield United 1
Birmingham v Nottingham Forest – postponed

Monday 18th December
Bolton 2 Leeds 2
Burnley v Hull – abandoned after 33 minutes due to fog
Crewe 0 Huddersfield 1
Charlton 3 Cardiff 3
Crystal Palace 4 Bristol City 0
Ipswich 6 Coventry 0
Millwall 1 Colchester 0
QPR 2 Watford 2

NEXT FIXTURES

Friday 5th January
Leeds v Burnley
Nottingham Forest v Bolton

Monday 8th January
Hull v Crewe
Sheffield United v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Bristol City v Coventry
Cardiff v Millwall
Colchester v Watford
Crystal Palace v Ipswich
QPR v Charlton

LEADING GOALSCORERS

12: Connor Hall (Bolton), Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
11: Michael Folivi (Watford)
9: Aramide Oteh (QPR)
8: Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley), Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
7: Ben Folami (Ipswich), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Mark Harris (Cardiff), Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace), Levi Lumeka (Crystal Palace), Conor McKendry (Ipswich), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

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

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Sheffield Wednesday 15 9 3 3 29 20 30
Sheffield United 16 9 0 7 30 25 27
Bolton Wanderers 15 8 1 6 31 25 25
Nottingham Forest 14 6 6 2 31 25 24
Barnsley 17 6 3 8 28 29 21
Hull City 15 6 2 7 22 34 20
Birmingham City 13 5 2 6 21 24 17
Huddersfield Town 16 4 3 9 22 30 15
Crewe Alexandra 14 4 1 9 22 29 13
Burnley 14 3 4 7 15 31 13
Leeds 15 3 3 9 16 26 12
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 15 10 0 5 34 14 30
Queens Park Rangers 15 8 2 5 31 28 26
Ipswich Town 14 7 4 3 31 19 25
Coventry City 14 7 3 4 28 29 24
Charlton Athletic 15 6 5 4 26 22 23
Colchester United 15 5 6 4 20 21 21
Millwall 17 5 6 6 16 21 21
Watford 14 6 1 7 26 19 19
Cardiff City 13 5 3 5 24 24 18
Bristol City 16 2 6 8 17 25 12
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