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Leaders Birmingham City won last Friday but lost top spot to Nottingham Forest on the same afternoon while Burnley kept the pressure on the top two with victory against Crewe Alexandra two days ago in the Professional Development League.

Birmingham had gone top in the previous week by courtesy of having scored two more goals than Forest and they came back from a goal behind to beat Hull in their game believing they would still be top of the league. That wasn’t the case; Forest enjoyed a big 6-0 win against bottom team Bolton and have therefore now gone back to the top on goal difference.

1920 burnley mace goodridge 00 500x500Those two results left our under-23s four points behind but we reduced that to one point with our win against Crewe. Like Birmingham, we’ve now played 13 games but Forest are really in a strong position with two games in hand on both of us.

Crewe remain fourth despite this latest defeat for them but they are now just one point ahead of three other teams, all of who have at least two games in hand on them.  Leeds might have suffered a heavy cup defeat a couple of weeks ago but they are very much in form in the league and they could go above us if they won both their games in hand. The same applies to Hull and we meet them next Monday.

The games ended last night with the Sheffield derby. The two of them occupy the places directly above Bolton but it was Wednesday’s night at Bramall Lane; they won 1-0 and went above their local rivals.

The top two in the south both strengthened their positions with wins. Watford won at QPR while Coventry beat Colchester, who went bottom with that result. Watford still have a five point lead over Coventry who are now three points ahead of third place Charlton after they could only draw 0-0 at Charlton.

It’s Premier League Cup week this coming week and we’ve got our third game against Blackburn at Ewood Park in two days time although we still have that league game to come at Hull next Monday.

The player featured this week is Mace Goodridge. The midfielder has been back in action recently after a year out with a cruciate ligament injury and he opened the scoring in the win against Crewe his first ever Burnley goal.

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

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

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Thursday 21st November
Ipswich 1 Colchester 1

Friday 22nd November
Birmingham 2 Hull 1
Nottingham Forest 6 Bolton 0

Monday 25th November
Burnley 4 Crewe 2
Wigan 0 Leeds 2
Cardiff 0 Charlton 0
Coventry 3 Colchester 1
Crystal Palace 4 Millwall 2
Ipswich 0 Bristol City 1
QPR 1 Watford 2

Tuesday 26th November
Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Tuesday 26th November
Exeter 1 Doncaster 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 29th November
Bolton v Barnsley
Leeds v Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham

Monday 2nd December
Hull v Burnley
QPR v Colchester

Wednesday 4th December
Crewe v Wigan

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Thursday 28th November
Reading v Charlton

Friday 29th November
Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Blackburn v Burnley
Fulham v Plymouth
Scunthorpe v Newcastle
Sunderland v Wigan
West Brom v Hull

Saturday 30th November
Swansea v Colchester

Monday 2nd December
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough
Derby v Birmingham
Everton v Watford
Huddersfield v Liverpool
Southampton v Bournemouth
Stoke v Nottingham Forest
Wolves v Leeds

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

9: George Alexander (Millwall), Joseph Hungbo (Watford)
8: Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
7: Max Biamou (Coventry), Sam Dalby (Watford)
6: Miguel Fernandez (Birmingham), Will Swan (Nottingham Forest), Reece York (Sheffield United)
5: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Lewis Walker (QPR), Jake Young (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

9: Ali Koiki
4: Lewis Richardson
3: Joel Mumbongo
2: Tunde Bayode, Rob Harker, Joe McGlynn
1: Josh Benson, Mitch George, Mace Goodridge, Adam Legzdins, Adam Phillips, Bobby Thomas, Scott Wilson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Nottingham Forest 11 7 3 1 27 9 24
Birmingham City 13 7 3 3 25 12 24
Burnley 13 5 8 0 23 14 23
Crewe Alexandra 14 6 1 7 25 25 19
Leeds 11 5 3 3 17 10 18
Barnsley 12 6 0 6 26 24 18
Hull City 11 6 0 5 18 23 18
Wigan 13 5 2 6 20 22 17
Sheffield Wednesday 12 3 4 5 21 23 13
Sheffield United 13 3 3 7 21 28 12
Bolton Wanderers 10 1 1 8 12 37 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 13 9 1 3 28 20 28
Coventry City 11 7 2 2 21 15 23
Charlton Athletic 12 5 5 2 25 18 20
Millwall 12 5 2 5 21 19 17
Bristol City 13 5 2 6 18 20 17
Cardiff City 12 5 2 5 17 19 17
Queens Park Rangers 13 3 4 6 21 24 13
Crystal Palace 12 3 2 7 15 22 11
Ipswich Town 13 3 2 8 17 25 11
Colchester United 12 3 2 7 17 27 11
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