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Our 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday sees us retain fourth place in the U18 Professional Development League, although once Sheffield United failed to beat Barnsley it would have been impossible for us to drop down a place.

1819 burnley richard taylor 00 500x500We kicked off the day some six points behind the top three. One of them, Leeds, didn’t play so having held Wednesday to the draw it has seen Nottingham Forest, winners at Crewe, move into pole position with a two point lead.

The biggest surprise in the north group came at Hull. Bottom of the league, and some considerable number of points behind next to bottom Barnsley, and with only one win all season, they weren’t expected to prevent Bolton moving up the table. But they did just that with a remarkable 6-2 win which now takes them to within seven points of Barnsley.

In the south, leaders Cardiff won while second place Ipswich beat third place Millwall. That’s seen QPR move into third place after their win against bottom team Colchester but the top two have a healthy lead.

Colchester losing to QPR was no surprise. They are still searching for their first win of the season. They have just four points from four draws and in 18 games have conceded a staggering 67 goals. They are ten points behind Coventry who themselves to a hammering, losing 6-0 at Charlton.

The player photographed this week is central defender Richard Taylor. He won us the penalty in the later stages of last Saturday’s draw having been kicked in the head. Sheffield Wednesday reported that he received treatment for 15 minutes before being taken to hospital. They wished him well and we do the same. He’s turned in some very good performances in defence this season and also had an excellent game in midfield for the under-23s recently at West Brom and it will be good to see him fully recovered and back in action very soon.

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

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, Burnley’s goalscorers and the current tables can be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday 5th January
Barnsley 2 Sheffield United 2
Burnley 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Crewe 2 Nottingham Forest 3
Hull 6 Bolton 2
Bristol City 1 Crystal Palace 2
Charlton 6 Coventry 0
Colchester 1 QPR 2
Ipswich 5 Millwall 3
Watford 2 Cardiff 3

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 12th January
Bolton v Burnley
Leeds v Crewe
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Coventry v Bristol City
Millwall v Watford
QPR v Charlton

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

12: Michael Fowler
6: Lewis Richardson
5: Mitch George
4: Kai Smith
2: Cricky Conn-Clarke, Will Harris, Matt O’Neill
1: Rhys Fenlon, Jayden Major, Terry Mupariwa, Edon Pruti, Matty Rain, Bobby Thomas, Kian Yari, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Nottingham Forest 17 12 1 4 39 21 37
Sheffield Wednesday 17 10 5 2 42 15 35
Leeds 16 11 1 4 39 24 34
Burnley 17 9 2 6 37 31 29
Sheffield United 15 8 3 4 23 20 27
Birmingham City 16 6 3 7 28 28 21
Crewe Alexandra 17 6 3 8 29 43 21
Bolton Wanderers 16 6 2 8 32 39 20
Barnsley 16 4 3 9 24 32 15
Hull City 17 2 2 13 21 40 8
Team pld w d l f a pts
Cardiff City 16 11 1 4 33 15 34
Ipswich Town 17 10 1 6 45 31 31
Queens Park Rangers 16 8 2 6 33 26 26
Millwall 17 7 4 6 42 26 25
Charlton Athletic 16 7 2 7 29 31 23
Watford 17 6 4 7 35 35 22
Bristol City 17 7 1 9 22 27 22
Crystal Palace 14 5 2 7 27 32 17
Coventry City 14 4 2 8 14 33 14
Colchester United 18 0 4 14 22 67 4
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