Late Bolton goal keeps under-23s off the top
Yesterday’s 4-3 win against Nottingham Forest saw our under-23s go top of the Professional Development League four around five hours before Bolton just about recovered their position.
Dan Agyei’s late goal took us top but Bolton themselves came from behind to draw at home against Sheffield United with Joe Pritchard getting the goal that has seen them remain top of the league after a week in which all northern group teams played their 13th games.
We started the week in third place but dropped to fourth when Birmingham won at Leeds last Friday. That result, however, gave us the chance to move ahead of Leeds, which we duly did, and for a short time Bolton.
It’s certainly entertaining watching us at the moment. We’ve scored 36 goals and that’s 11 more than Nottingham Forest who are next best. However, only the bottom three in the northern group have conceded more goals.
It was an interesting first game for new under-23 boss Steve Stone. He said after the game: “I’ve seen what I thought this team is about. It’s got incredible talent, in terms of some ball players, it’s got some incredible heart, in terms of defensive responsibilities, and I think it’s got some naivety which was glaring all aspects of the game.”
He added: “There were an awful lot of positives to take away in terms of what’s in the dressing room. I sense leadership, strong characters and I sense a team developing. You’ve got a team that’s playing for each other and some real counter attacking talent.”
The goals from Tinashe Chakwana and then Agyei at the end have taken the pair clear at the top of the goalscorers chart. Both have nine goals in the Professional Development League while Chakwana leads Agyei 12-11 when the cup competitions are included.
The big game in the south group was between top two Ipswich and Crystal Palace with both knowing that a win would see them on top of the league. Ipswich kicked off two points clear and they increased that to five points with an emphatic win.
There was just one outstanding game played in the Premier League Cup which saw Sunderland win 4-1 at Peterborough.
It’s another tough game coming up for us this week. We travel to Birmingham, who sit two places and two points below us, this Saturday.
The player featured is Anthony Glennon who played in the centre of defence yesterday.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Friday 16th November
Leeds 0 Birmingham 3
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Barnsley 2
Monday 19th November
Bolton 1 Sheffield United 1
Burnley 4 Nottingham Forest 3
Hull 2 Crewe 3
Cardiff 2 Watford 0
Charlton 0 QPR 3
Colchester 3 Bristol City 2
Coventry 1 Millwall 1
Ipswich 5 Crystal Palace 2
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP
Monday 19th November
Peterborough 1 Sunderland 4
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 23rd November
Barnsley v Hull
Cardiff v Bristol City
QPR v Colchester
Watford v Coventry
Saturday 24th November
Birmingham v Burnley
Monday 26th November
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Leeds
Crystal Palace v Charlton
Millwall v Ipswich
LEADING GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE ONLY)
9: Dan Agyei (Burnley), Tinashe Chakwana (Burnley)
8: Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham), Luca Navarro (Bolton), Aramide Oteh (QPR)
7: Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest)
6: Ryan Edmondson (Leeds), Oli Finney (Crewe), Ben Folami (Ipswich), Michael Folivi (Watford), Danny Rowe (Ipswich)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)
12: Tinashe Chakwana
11: Dan Agyei
4: Dwight McNeil
3: Tunde Bayode
2: Ali Koiki
1: Josh Benson, Jordan Cropper, Rob Harker, Michael Howarth, Christian N’Guessan, Kai Smith, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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