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We started the week in second place in the Professional Development League, behind Nottingham Forest on goal difference although Forest having two games in hand on us.

The week has ended with them now three points ahead of us having beaten Sheffield United last Friday. We had no game and neither had Leeds who sit a point behind us, also with two games in hand.

Birmingham also won last Friday and that’s moved them back just a point behind Leeds although they, like us, have played those extra games. In the other two northern group games there were wins for Hull and Crewe. Hull’s win took them up a place in the league while Crewe sit one place above them and still with a three point advantage.

It was a good week for Watford in the south. They had a big 4-1 win at Colchester and then benefited from the two behind them dropping points. Millwall were held to a draw at QPR while Coventry were beaten comprehensively at home by Ipswich. Watford now lead Millwall by five points with Coventry a point further behind although the Sky Blues do have two games in hand.

There were some games in the Premier League Cup where teams have already qualified for the knock out stage of the competition. Both Doncaster and Exeter have won through from Group D while Blackburn in Group G, our group, are also guaranteed a place in the knock outs.

Forest and Birmingham kick off this week’s fixtures. It would be good to see Forest drop points but if they were to lose, we’d go into Monday’s game against Bolton in third place with Birmingham having gone a point ahead of us. Leeds also play on Monday, they are at Sheffield Wednesday.

The player featured this week is midfielder Mace Goodridge. He’s seen all of his midfield partners go out on loan this month but he himself was on the bench at Manchester United last week having also been a substitute at Spurs last month.

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 scorers, our scorers and the current tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 24th January
Birmingham 3 Barnsley 1
Nottingham Forest 1 Sheffield United 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Hull 3

Monday 27th January
Crewe 2 Bolton 0
Bristol City 0 Charlton 5
Colchester 1 Watford 4
Coventry 0 Ipswich 3
QPR 1 Millwall 1

Wednesday 29th January
Crystal Palace 2 Cardiff 3

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Friday 24th January
Wolves 2 Leeds 2

Saturday 25th January
Blackburn 2 Crystal Palace 0

Monday 27th January
Sunderland 2 Wigan 3

Tuesday 28th January
West Brom 2 Hull 1

Wednesday 29th January
Doncaster 4 Aston Villa 0

Thursday 30th January
Colchester 1 Reading 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 31st January
Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

Monday 3rd February
Bolton v Burnley
Sheffield United v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Colchester v Ipswich
Coventry v QPR
Millwall v Cardiff
Watford v Charlton

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Monday 3rd February
Scunthorpe v Hull

Tuesday 4th February
Exeter v Portsmouth

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

12: George Alexander (Millwall), Sam Dalby (Watford)
11: Joseph Hungbo (Watford)
8: Max Biamou (Coventry), Ryan Edmondson (Leeds), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley), Reece York (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

10: Ali Koiki
6: Rob Harker
5: Lewis Richardson
3: Josh Benson, Joe McGlynn, Joel Mumbongo
2: Tunde Bayode, Bobby Thomas, Oliver Younger
1: Mitch George, Anthony Glennon, Mace Goodridge, Adam Legzdins, Christian N’Guessan, Adam Phillips, Ne-Jai Tucker, Scott Wilson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Nottingham Forest 18 11 5 2 42 19 38
Burnley 19 9 8 2 36 21 35
Leeds 17 10 4 3 33 14 34
Birmingham City 19 10 3 6 35 22 33
Wigan 18 9 3 6 32 27 30
Crewe Alexandra 20 9 2 9 34 32 29
Hull City 17 8 2 7 27 33 26
Barnsley 19 8 1 10 35 37 25
Sheffield Wednesday 18 4 5 9 29 35 17
Sheffield United 20 4 4 12 28 40 16
Bolton Wanderers 17 1 1 15 14 58 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 18 11 3 4 41 26 36
Millwall 18 9 4 5 31 22 31
Coventry City 16 9 3 4 25 21 30
Charlton Athletic 18 8 5 5 36 27 29
Cardiff City 18 7 4 7 25 29 25
Queens Park Rangers 18 5 7 6 33 31 22
Ipswich Town 17 6 2 9 26 31 20
Bristol City 16 5 3 8 21 32 18
Colchester United 17 4 2 11 22 38 14
Crystal Palace 16 3 3 10 22 32 12
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