Bottom of the league hammers top
Last week, in the Professional Development League review, Sheffield Wednesday had gone nine points clear at the top of the north group with a game against bottom of the league Crewe Alexandra in the next week.
With second and third teams Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United facing tougher away games, it looked very likely that Wednesday could, and probably would, extend their lead at the top.
It didn’t quite work out. Sheffield Wednesday’s trip to Crewe ended in a 5-2 defeat, a result which took the home side off the bottom of the league and up three places. And with both Sheffield United and Forest recording 4-2 victories, Wednesday’s lead at the top of the league has reduced to six points rather than extending.
There was just one other game in the north group which saw Bolton beat Birmingham 1-0, this game giving the league its oldest goalscorer this season with 38-year-old Aaron Wilbraham scoring the only goal of the game.
We had no game this week. We should have been playing in the Premier League Cup at Swansea but that game will now be played in January. Meanwhile, Newcastle have caught is on our group. We beat them and Colchester in the first two games to go six points clear, but Newcastle have since beaten both Swansea and Colchester which leaves both of us on six points although we do have a game in hand. Swansea met Colchester in two days time which will see at least one of them get their first points in the group.
There have been some games played in the competition over the past few days. The Group Tables have been updated and that will continue as further results come in.
Although not in our group, Liverpool were beaten 4-3 last Sunday in their home game against Stoke. A certain Danny Ings scored two of Liverpool’s goals to add to the four he netted in their 7-0 win against Bristol City last month. He’s currently the leading goalscorer in this season’s competition.
Back to the league, and there are nine games scheduled this week, starting on Friday with the last of them to be played next Tuesday. Despite losing at Crewe, Sheffield Wednesday will definitely provide us with a very difficult game in six days time.
The player photographed is central defender Harry Flowers.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our scorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Monday 4th December
Bolton 1 Birmingham 0
Crewe 5 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Huddersfield 2 Sheffield United 4
Hull 2 Nottingham Forest 4
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 8th December
Barnsley v Bolton
Leeds v Hull
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield
Monday 11th December
Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley
Coventry v Charlton
Millwall v QPR
Watford v Ipswich
Tuesday 12th December
Bristol City v Colchester
Cardiff v Crystal Palace
12: Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
10: Michael Folivi (Watford)
9: Connor Hall (Bolton)
8: Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
7: Ben Folami (Ipswich), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Aramide Oteh (QPR), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest)
6: Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley), Terrique Anderson (Charlton), Oliver Greaves (Sheffield United), Mark Harris (Cardiff), Dion Pereira (Watford)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
4: Dwight McNeil
3: Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas, Nahki Wells
2: Tunde Bayode, Tinashe Chakwana
1: Dan Agyei, Harry Flowers, Rahis Nabi, Christian N’Guessan, Fredrik Ulvestad, Oliver Younger
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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