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The latest draw two days ago against Sheffield Wednesday took our under-23s up to second in the northern group of the Professional Development League and we stayed there yesterday when Crewe Alexandra suffered a big defeat at Barnsley.

1920 burnley jordan cropper 00 500x500With Nottingham Forest’s home game against Leeds falling victim to the weather, it has left us just one point behind them while we now sit a point ahead of Crewe and two points clear of Birmingham, who have won twice during the week, Barnsley, winners against Crewe, and Hull who won at Wigan. Three of those five all have a game in hand on us; Forest and Hull have played two games less.

It really is very tight with Leeds, currently eighth, able to get past us if they won all of their three games in hand. Only the two Sheffield clubs and Bolton are struggling with Bolton a long way behind having won one and lost the other seven of their games.

Coventry are second in the south group but Watford’s lead over them has now extended to eight points with them bringing Ipswich’s mini-revival to an end. Coventry had no game but they remain second with Charlton only drawing at Millwall and Cardiff losing at home against Birmingham.

There are only two league games in the next week., both of them on Monday. Bristol City are at home against Cardiff in the south group and there is also an outstanding north v south group game between Crewe and Millwall. That’s because it is Premier League Cup week with 15 scheduled games although the first of them between Portsmouth and Exeter, which should have been played this afternoon, was postponed.

The player featured this week is Jordan Cropper who played right back in Monday’s draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

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

Friday 1st November
Birmingham 6 Bolton 0

Monday 4th November
Burnley 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Nottingham Forest v Leeds – match postponed
Wigan 2 Hull 3
Colchester 3 QPR 1
Millwall 2 Charlton 2
Watford 3 Ipswich 0
Cardiff 0 Birmingham 1

Tuesday 5th November
Barnsley 4 Crewe 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Monday 11th November
Bristol City v Cardiff
Crewe v Millwall

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Wednesday 6th November
Portsmouth v Exeter – match postponed

Thursday 7th November
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Colchester v Charlton

Friday 8th November
Blackburn v Middlesbrough
Bournemouth v Stoke
Newcastle v West Brom
Reading v Swansea

Saturday 9th November
Southampton v Nottingham Forest
Wolves v Birmingham

Sunday 10th November
Everton v Plymouth
Fulham v Watford
Sunderland v Liverpool
Monday 11th November
Aston Villa v Doncaster
Wigan v Huddersfield

Wednesday 13th November
Derby v Leeds

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

9: George Alexander (Millwall)
8: Joseph Hungbo (Watford), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
7: Sam Dalby (Watford)
5: Miguel Fernandez (Birmingham), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Reece York (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

8: Ali Koiki
4: Lewis Richardson
2: Rob Harker
1: Tunde Bayode, Josh Benson, Mitch George, Adam Phillips, Bobby Thomas, Scott Wilson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Nottingham Forest 10 6 3 1 21 9 21
Burnley 12 4 8 0 19 12 20
Crewe Alexandra 11 6 1 4 23 18 19
Birmingham City 11 5 3 3 22 11 18
Barnsley 11 6 0 5 26 22 18
Hull City 10 6 0 4 17 21 18
Wigan 11 5 1 5 19 19 16
Leeds 9 3 3 3 13 10 12
Sheffield United 11 3 2 6 18 23 11
Sheffield Wednesday 10 2 3 5 19 22 9
Bolton Wanderers 8 1 0 7 9 28 3
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 11 8 1 2 26 16 25
Coventry City 9 5 2 2 16 12 17
Charlton Athletic 10 4 4 2 22 18 16
Cardiff City 10 5 0 5 15 17 15
Millwall 10 4 2 4 17 15 14
Queens Park Rangers 11 3 4 4 19 20 13
Bristol City 10 3 1 6 13 17 10
Ipswich Town 11 3 1 7 16 23 10
Colchester United 10 3 1 6 15 23 10
Crystal Palace 10 2 2 6 10 18 8
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