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Our fading hopes of a play-off place for a top two finish in the U18 Professional Development League finally disappeared this week when QPR came from behind to beat us 4-3 on Tuesday morning.

It’s left us six points behind the top two with just one game to play and we currently sit in fourth place, a point behind Nottingham Forest who also have one game remaining. Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday will battle it out for the top two positions. Leeds currently sit top with one point more than Wednesday who remain the favourites courtesy of having two games in hand.

1819 burnley kian yari 00 500x500Saturday saw our slender hopes remain after a late Cricky Conn-Clarke corner went in to give us a 1-0 win against Bristol City but the three teams above us all won and scored no fewer than 17 goals between them.

Who will Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday come up against in the play-offs? That’s confirmed too now with no one able to catch Ipswich and Cardiff. Ipswich currently have a one point lead with a game in hand so they, like Sheffield Wednesday, are currently favourites.

This Saturday sees the last full fixture list of the season with the south group teams all at home. Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday travel to Coventry and Millwall respectively while Ipswich and Cardiff have home games against Sheffield United with our final game of the season at Cardiff.

We’ve lost two goal leads in three of our last four games. That’s cost us. Had we won those games we would have been top of the league now. All we can do now is win this last game, hopefully kick starting a double against Cardiff.

The player featured this week is Kian Yari. The midfielder is no longer involved with the team having been released at the end of his scholarship, but he’s one of that group who have played an important part in establishing our under-18s in the Professional Development League over the last two seasons.

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

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday 6th April
Barnsley 3 Millwall 1
Birmingham 3 QPR 2
Bolton 2 Watford 4
Burnley 1 Bristol City 0
Crewe 3 Cardiff 1
Hull 0 Charlton 2
Leeds 6 Colchester 0
Nottingham Forest 7 Coventry 1
Sheffield United 1 Crystal Palace 1
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Ipswich 0

Tuesday 9th April
Bolton 1 Cardiff 1
Burnley 3 QPR 4
Hull 2 Crewe 1
Charlton 3 Millwall 1
Colchester 0 Crystal Palace 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 13th April
Birmingham v Watford
Bristol City v Bolton
Cardiff v Burnley
Charlton v Crewe
Colchester v Hull
Coventry v Leeds
Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest
Ipswich v Sheffield United
Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Barnsley

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

18: Michael Fowler
9: Mitch George
6: Lewis Richardson
5: Cricky Conn-Clarke, Will Harris, Ne-Jai Tucker
3: Jayden Major
2: Rhys Fenlon, Dylon Meredith, Matt O’Neill, Matty Rain
1: Joe Conley, Dan Moss, Terry Mupariwa, Edon Pruti, Bobby Thomas, Ben Woods, Kian Yari, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 27 18 2 7 63 37 56
Sheffield Wednesday 25 16 7 2 66 20 55
Nottingham Forest 27 15 5 7 58 31 50
Burnley 27 15 4 8 63 49 49
Sheffield United 25 12 7 6 39 36 43
Barnsley 27 11 5 11 44 43 38
Birmingham City 26 10 3 13 48 54 33
Hull City 27 7 5 15 41 50 26
Bolton Wanderers 26 7 5 14 47 65 26
Crewe Alexandra 27 7 4 16 40 74 25
Team pld w d l f a pts
Ipswich Town 26 17 1 8 67 47 52
Cardiff City 27 16 3 8 56 30 51
Millwall 27 12 6 9 61 40 42
Queens Park Rangers 27 13 3 11 51 48 42
Charlton Athletic 27 10 4 13 43 43 34
Crystal Palace 25 10 4 11 48 50 34
Bristol City 27 10 2 15 39 50 32
Watford 27 8 7 12 49 60 31
Coventry City 25 5 6 14 31 64 21
Colchester United 26 1 5 20 32 95 8
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