Latest draw takes under-23s into second place
The defeats column shows zero, and our under-23s are the only one of the 21 teams in the Professional Development League who are unbeaten so far this season.
The problem is that six of our league games have ended all square, as have two cup ties although one of them we did win in via a penalty shoot out, and it is that number of draws that is keeping us off the top of the league even though we’ve played more games than any other team in the northern group other than Sheffield United who are currently next to bottom.
We could drop a place today should Wigan win their outstanding north v south game against Coventry. It would take them a point ahead of us and, like all the other teams around us, with one game in hand.
In Steve Stone’s absence, Andy Farrell was in charge of the team at Wigan three days ago but it was the same story of missed opportunities, another missed penalty and having to settle for a draw which has happened so often this season in games that we should have won, most notably the home league games against Coventry and Nottingham Forest and the Premier League Cup game at Middlesbrough, all of which ended 1-1.
Forest, who scored a late equaliser against us at the Turf and then saw Ali Koiki fail from the penalty spot, are the current league leaders. They too could only draw this week against Sheffield United and they remain two points clear of us. Crewe and Hull are right behind us on goal difference with the pair having very different results. Hull surprisingly took a hammering at home against Sheffield Wednesday while Crewe had the relatively simple task of beating bottom team Bolton.
Coventry were early leaders in the south group and until last week had only dropped points in their 1-1 draw at Burnley, but they were surprisingly beaten by Millwall a week ago and that’s allowed Watford to now move five points clear with their most recent win at Crystal Palace.
At the other end of the table, Ipswich are recovering from having lost their first six games and have added a second win, this one against Cardiff. They are now just one point behind Colchester and will be hoping to get off the bottom with another good result at QPR next Monday.
It’s back home for us this week with a game against Barnsley on Monday at Curzon Ashton. There’s a full fixture list over the next few days and, aside from the league, the one outstanding game in the Premier League Cup between Crystal Palace and Blackburn will be played this afternoon.
The player featured this week is Ryan Cooney who has settled into the right back position this season having signed during the summer for Bury for whom he made a total of 29 first team appearances.
Last week’s league and cup results are all below followed by this week’s league fixtures, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Thursday 10th October
Millwall 4 Coventry 1
Friday 11th October
Barnsley 5 Birmingham 2
QPR 3 Charlton 3
Sunday 13th October
Hull 1 Sheffield Wednesday 5
Monday 14th October
Bolton 1 Crewe 4
Sheffield United 1 Nottingham Forest 1
Wigan 1 Burnley 1
Crystal Palace 0 Watford 2
Ipswich 3 Cardiff 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Thursday 17th October
Wigan v Coventry
Friday 18th October
Birmingham v Leeds
Monday 21st October
Burnley v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Wigan
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton
Colchester v Cardiff
Coventry v Watford
Crystal Palace v Charlton
Millwall v Bristol City
QPR v Ipswich
Wednesday 23rd October
Crewe v Sheffield United
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP
Thursday 17th October
Crystal Palace v Blackburn
LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)
8: Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
7: Joseph Hungbo (Watford), Ali Koiki (Burnley)
6: George Alexander (Millwall)
5: Sam Dalby (Watford), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Reece York (Sheffield United)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
7: Ali Koiki
2: Rob Harker, Lewis Richardson
1: Tunde Bayode, Mitch George, Adam Phillips, Bobby Thomas, Scott Wilson
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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