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The under-21s remain sixth in the Professional Development League but it’s been a good week for Andy Farrell’s team with two wins in league and cup which have seen us score seven goals.

A week ago today we beat Peterborough 4-0 in the league at Gawthorpe and just three days ago, again at Gawthorpe, we beat Accrington 3-1 in the Central League Cup. Five of those goals came from recent signings too. Mike O’Neill scored in the league game in which Joe Bevan netted twice and Tommy McDermott was on the mark twice in the cup game.

Just three other league games were played in the north group and they all involved one of the Sheffield clubs. Both played at Fleetwood with Wednesday going down to defeat there last Friday and Sheffield United held to a draw on Tuesday. Wednesday did recover to win at Barnsley in the other game played.

Sheffield United closed the gap on leaders Birmingham to four points and they have two games in hand, but Wednesday are now just two further points behind their local rivals.

Although we sit seventh, and are eight points behind sixth place Fleetwood, our next opponents, all of the teams above us have played at least four games more while leaders Birmingham have played seven games more than us.

Things are really tight in the south group at the top with one point separating the top four but QPR missed a great chance to pull away yesterday when they took on bottom of the league Colchester at home. They were, surprisingly, held to a 1-1 draw so they currently sit top, one point ahead of Millwall and Bournemouth with Swansea a further point behind. Both Millwall and Bournemouth have played one game less.

This week’s fixtures get underway today with Coventry visiting Sheffield Wednesday with the final game of the week next Wednesday when Bournemouth host QPR knowing a win will at the very least take them above the current leaders with Millwall having the opportunity to go top on Tuesday when they are at home against Ipswich.

The player featured this week is Mikey O’Neill. His goal against Peterborough was his fifth since coming in from Preston last month.

The League Tables and our Fixtures and Results can be found within U21/U18 Stats on the top menu.

The recent results and this week’s fixtures are below along with our goalscorers, the league’s leading goalscorers and the current league tables.

Last Week’s Results

North

Friday 16th February
Burnley 4 Peterborough 0
Fleetwood 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Monday 19th February
Wigan v Coventry – rearranged for 19th April

Tuesday 20th February
Barnsley 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Fleetwood 0 Sheffield United 0

Wednesday 21st February
Hull v Crewe – match postponed

South

Friday 16th February
Cardiff 1 Colchester 1

Tuesday 20th February
Bristol City 1 Millwall 1
Cardiff 2 Charlton 1
Ipswich 7 Swansea 3
Watford 2 Bournemouth 2

Thursday 22nd February
QPR v Colchester

This Week’s Fixtures

North

Friday 23rd February
Sheffield Wednesday v Coventry

Monday 26th February
Coventry v Birmingham
Crewe v Wigan

Tuesday 27th February
Fleetwood v Burnley
Peterborough v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull

South

Monday 26th February
Charlton v Watford
Colchester v Cardiff

Tuesday 27th February
Millwall v Ipswich

Wednesday 28th February
Bournemouth v QPR

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

8: Joe Westley
2: Joe Bevan, Mikey O’Neill, Logan Pye, Lewis Richardson. Tom Tweedy
1: Joe Ashton, Darko Churlinov, Will Hugill, Tommy McDermott, Lucas Wane, own goals

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

7: Lewis Richardson
4: Joe Westley
3: Will Hugill, Han-Noah Massengo, Tommy McDermott, Mikey O’Neill
1: Darko Churlinov, Jez Davies, Kian Le Fondre, Basilio Rieno Socoliche, Tom Tweedy

Leading Goalscorers

12: Daniel Adu-Adjei (Bournemouth), Patrick Casey (Charlton)
11: Bailey Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday), Junior Dixon (Birmingham), Aiden Marsh (Barnsley), Kyrell WIlson (Swansea)
10: Fábio Jaló (Barnsley)
8: Abdul Abdulmalik (QPR), Kristian Fletcher (Swansea), Antwoine Hackford (Sheffield United), Joe Westley (Burnley)
7: Leon Ayinde (Ipswich), Kaan Bennett (Colchester), Joel Colwill (Cardiff), Justin Obikwu (Coventry)

League Tables

Team pld w d l f a pts
Birmingham 20 11 6 3 42 23 39
Sheffield United 18 10 5 3 52 20 35
Sheffield Wednesday 18 9 6 3 39 23 33
Barnsley 18 9 1 8 33 30 28
Fleetwood 17 8 3 6 31 31 27
Burnley 13 5 4 4 20 20 19
Wigan 16 5 3 8 29 31 18
Coventry 17 5 2 10 29 40 17
Peterborough 18 4 3 11 28 43 15
Hull 14 4 2 8 23 35 14
Crewe 15 2 2 11 18 38 8
Team pld w d l f a pts
QPR 19 9 7 3 45 28 34
Millwall 18 9 6 3 41 32 33
Bournemouth 18 10 3 5 31 28 33
Swansea 19 10 2 7 50 37 32
Ipswich 18 8 3 7 37 43 27
Charlton 16 6 3 7 40 33 21
Watford 17 5 6 6 27 34 21
Cardiff 18 5 5 8 34 44 20
Bristol City 18 5 4 8 23 39 19
Colchester 15 2 2 11 20 40 8
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