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Last Friday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest, coupled with Birmingham City’s win against Cardiff City on the following day has left us as clear second favourites to land that final play-off place despite Monday’s win against Colchester United.

1819 burnley marley blair 00 500x500Leaders Leeds are a long way ahead now but there are still four other teams in with an opportunity of finishing second although Birmingham are the most likely. Both they and us have 45 points, followed by Crewe on 44 and Bolton on 43, but Birmingham have one more game remaining and travel to Bristol City on Monday. Should they win that, they will all but clinch it because of their superior goal difference.

We travel to Charlton next Tuesday. We have to go there in the hope that Birmingham haven’t won and then win to put the Blues under some pressure in their final game.

There is a similar battle in the south group. Ipswich are already champions but Coventry and Crystal Palace are the two with a chance of finishing second. Coventry currently hold a one point lead but Palace have one more game to play.

Champions Ipswich played yesterday and beat Watford 2-1, no surprise given Watford have had a disappointing season and lined up with seven trialists in their team. They haven’t named any of them but one was Marley Blair (pictured), recently released by us. He’s scored four goals for us this season, one in the league against Birmingham and three in the Premier League Cup. Yesterday, he scored Watford’s goal, cutting in from the right before unleashing a fierce strike that flew into the top corner. It might have helped earn him a deal there.

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 goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 5th April
Barnsley 2 Bristol City 0
Nottingham Forest 2 Burnley 1

Saturday 6th April
Birmingham 3 Cardiff 1
Hull 2 Crystal Palace 1

Monday 8th April
Burnley 3 Colchester 0
Crewe 1 Coventry 0
Leeds 3 Ipswich 0
Nottingham Forest 2 Millwall 1
Sheffield United 1 QPR 0
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Watford 0

Wednesday 10th April
Bolton 0 Charlton 0

Thursday 11th April
Ipswich 2 Watford 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Friday 12th April
Coventry v Hull

Monday 15th April
Bristol City v Birmingham
Cardiff v Bolton
Colchester v Crewe
Crystal Palace v Leeds
Ipswich v Nottingham Forest
Millwall v Sheffield United
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday

Tuesday 16th April
Charlton v Burnley
Watford v Barnsley

LEADING GOALSCORERS

16: Dan Agyei (Burnley)
11: Tinashe Chakwana (Burnley), Aramide Oteh (QPR)
10: Oli Finney (Crewe), Michael Folivi (Watford), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

24: Dan Agyei
14: Tinashe Chakwana
7: Rob Harker
5: Dwight McNeil
4: Tunde Bayode, Marley Blair, Lewis Richardson, Bobby Thomas
3: Jordan Cropper
2: Josh Benson, Ali Koiki, own goals
1: Michael Fowler, Mark Howarth, Christian N’Guessan, Ne-Jai Tucker, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Ben Woods, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 27 17 5 5 57 29 56
Birmingham City 26 13 6 7 44 23 45
Burnley 27 14 3 10 61 45 45
Crewe Alexandra 27 12 8 7 44 37 44
Bolton Wanderers 27 13 4 10 37 39 43
Nottingham Forest 27 11 7 9 49 41 40
Barnsley 27 10 8 9 34 42 38
Sheffield United 27 9 8 10 35 41 35
Sheffield Wednesday 27 10 5 12 33 46 35
Hull City 26 5 6 15 30 52 21
Team pld w d l f a pts
Ipswich Town 27 15 7 5 66 34 52
Coventry City 27 12 6 9 46 38 42
Crystal Palace 26 12 5 9 51 44 41
Charlton Athletic 27 10 7 10 41 41 37
Millwall 27 10 6 11 32 31 36
Bristol City 27 10 5 12 43 48 35
Queens Park Rangers 27 8 7 12 54 59 31
Cardiff City 27 7 8 12 38 41 29
Watford 26 5 5 16 27 46 20
Colchester United 27 6 2 19 30 75 20
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