Clarets down to fourth after latest under-23 league draw
We remain unbeaten in the Professional Development League after seven games but with five of those games ending in draws we could have been in the bottom of half of the league but for teams below us having games in hand.
Monday’s game looked a tough on against league leaders Nottingham Forest but we succumbed to a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw and then missed a stoppage time penalty. Had that spot kick gone in, we would now be sitting top of the league but, as it stands, we have dropped one place to fourth from last week and with three teams just two points behind us and all with games in hand.
We are no further from the top, still two points behind Forest and one behind Leeds who were beaten last Friday by Hull, their first defeat of the season, with Hull now having moved above them into second place.
Meanwhile, Wigan, Crewe and Barnsley are all two points behind us. Barnsley have just one game in hand but Crewe have played two less while Wigan have three games in hand on us. One of those three, Barnsley, could go above us in two days time but they have leaders Forest away. The other two and ourselves all play on Monday.
Coventry’s lead at the top of the south group has been reduced to one point. They were scheduled to play Cardiff two days ago but the game was put back a day to yesterday and then fell victim to the weather with the pitch left waterlogged.
Bristol City were second but were beaten by Watford who have moved ahead of them and now sit just one point behind Coventry while at the other end of the table last season’s champions are still looking for their first point. They suffered a sixth successive defeat this week against Charlton.
Tomorrow sees an outstanding north v south game between Wigan and Watford. There’s a full north group fixture list this week with four on Monday to follow Friday’s game at Forest. The south has just one fixture, also on Monday.
The player featured this week is midfielder Christian N’Guessan who has made an excellent start to the season.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading scorers, our scorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 20th September
Barnsley 1 Wigan 4
Hull 2 Leeds 1
Watford 2 Bristol City 1
Monday 23rd September
Birmingham 1 Sheffield United 1
Burnley 1 Nottingham Forest 1
Crewe 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Colchester 3 Millwall 1
Ipswich 1 Charlton 3
QPR 3 Crystal Palace 1
Tuesday 24th September
Coventry v Cardiff – match postponed
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Thursday 26th September
Watford v Wigan
Friday 27th September
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Monday 30th September
Bolton v Hull
Leeds v Crewe
Sheffield United v Burnley
Wigan v Birmingham
Bristol City v Colchester
7: Ali Koiki (Burnley)
5: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
4: George Alexander (Millwall), Max Biamou (Coventry), Joseph Hungbo (Watford), Reece York (Sheffield United)
7: Ali Koiki
1: Tunde Bayode, Mitch George, Lewis Richardson, Bobby Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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