Young Clarets back up to second after big win
Burnley have overtaken both Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City in the U18 Professional Development League after beating the previous leaders, a result which enabled Huddersfield Town to claim top spot.
One result either way can see a team move up or down a number of places and our 4-1 win at Bolton has seen them drop from first to fifth place . Bolton weren’t happy with the result, that’s for sure. They apparently played all the football and dominated the game only for Burnley to keep scoring goals from long balls.
It’s not exactly how we saw it. “We were very pleased with the performance and it was nice to get a good result,” Danny Cadamarteri said of his team who had exited the FA Youth Cup in their previous game.
He added: “We changed the team a little bit and the performance, especially in the second half when we managed it really well, was good and we really took the game to them.”
Dan Moss (pictured) scored our first goal with Craig Ellison, one of the two recent recruits from Spennymoor, adding the second. Marley Blair has been signed even more recently from Liverpool and he got our other two goals.
The win ensured we went above Bolton and when Birmingham were held by Crewe it meant second place with Huddersfield, who won at Barnsley, taking top spot.
It was another weekend of goals. Leeds hit three at Sheffield United whilst Charlton in the south group, like us, scored four. But pride of place this week probably has to go to Sheffield Wednesday who beat Hull 8-0, although the result is not just what it seems. Hull turned up without any of their regular youth team players and fielded a team made up of under-16s, under-15s and even under-14s.
Hull remain one of three teams on 22 points with only Crewe, on 18 points, below them. So close is this league that Huddersfield lead it with 30 points with four teams just one good result away from passing them.
The south group is nothing like as close. Leaders Crystal Palace were surprisingly beaten at Cardiff but they still hold a good lead. Second place Millwall drew against Ipswich but are still eight points behind Palace.
Burnley are at home this weekend against Birmingham, one of the three teams two points behind us. It will be our first home game in the league for eight weeks since beating Leeds.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 12th January
Charlton 4 Watford 0
QPR 2 Colchester 0
Saturday 13th January
Barnsley 1 Huddersfield 3
Birmingham 1 Crewe 1
Bolton 1 Burnley 4
Sheffield United 0 Leeds 3
Sheffield Wednesday 8 Hull 0
Cardiff 1 Crystal Palace 0
Coventry 0 Bristol City 2
Millwall 2 Ipswich 2
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 20th January
Burnley v Birmingham
Crewe v Barnsley
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday
Hull v Sheffield United
Leeds v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff v Ipswich
Coventry v Charlton
Millwall v Watford
QPR v Bristol City
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Marley Blair, Craig Ellison, Bobby Thomas
1: James Clarke, Leighton Egan, Mitchell George, Dan Moss, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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