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Premier League 2 has just completed its second week with three of the Division 2 teams having won both their games with three still looking for a first point of the season.

Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke lead the way with Stoke just behind the other two on goal difference. They all played last Friday. Villa won at Middlesbrough, Fulham at home against West Brom, who had beaten us four days later, and Stoke won at Norwich.

One of those beaten teams, Middlesbrough, are without a point and are behind us on goals scored while Birmingham, who suffered a 4-0 defeat at home against Newcastle last night, are currently in bottom place.

Our concern, at the start of the season, is the number of goals conceded. We’ve scored four times, and only four teams have scored more, but we’ve conceded six and that is matched by Birmingham and Sunderland and is more than any of the other teams.

Michael Jackson said after last night’s defeat: “I keep seeing really poor goals. When I watch a lot of the games back, I don’t see a lot of good defending.” Speaking about the goals that cost us the points last night, he added: “We’ve conceded a goal from our own corner, a goal from a corner and one from playing the ball inside, which we’ve done twice now, and that’s a no.”

We’ll next put our defending to the test this Friday against a Newcastle side who hit four last night as we look to get moving up the table with some points. It’s a table that will not have three teams on maximum points in a week’s time with the top two meeting.

West Ham had recorded the biggest win in Division 1 in the first week, but they were beaten 4-2 by Brighton who are the only team with two wins. Derby and Crystal Palace are the only two looking for their first point, but Derby have only played once.

Last season’s champions Manchester City started with a draw at Liverpool and looked as though they were set to lose their first home game against Blackburn when they went into the 87th minute trailing 2-1. That’s when they equalised but they added two more to win 4-2.

4-2 was a popular result in Division 1. Arsenal beat Crystal Palace by that score as did Spurs last night at Leeds with Dilan Markanday scoring the only hat trick of the week.

This week’s fixtures will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ahead of the international break prior to the league having a week off.

The player featured this week is Owen Dodgson who was in last night’s team two days after he’d been named on the first team bench for the first time.

The League Tables and our Fixtures and Results can be found within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below along with, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Division 1

Friday 20th August
Arsenal 4 Crystal Palace 2
Brighton 4 West Ham 2
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1
Manchester City 4 Blackburn 2

Monday 23rd August
Leeds 2 Tottenham 4
Everton 1 Liverpool 3
Leicester v Derby – to be rearranged

Division 2

Friday 20th August
Fulham 3 West Brom 0
Middlesbrough 1 Aston Villa 2
Norwich 0 Stoke 1

Monday 23rd August
Birmingham 0 Newcastle 4
Burnley 2 Sunderland 3
Nottingham Forest 0 Southampton 0
Reading 3 Wolves 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 27th August
Blackburn v Leicester
Crystal Palace v Everton
Derby v Leeds
Tottenham v Arsenal

Saturday 28th August
Liverpool v Brighton
Manchester United v Manchester City

Sunday 29th August
West Ham v Chelsea

Division 2

Friday 27th August
Aston Villa v Fulham
Newcastle v Burnley
Sunderland v Norwich
West Brom v Birmingham
Wolves v Nottingham Forest

Sunday 29th August
Middlesbrough v Southampton
Stoke v Reading

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

4: Dilan Markanday (Tottenham)
3: James Mcatee (Manchester City), Armstrong Oko-Flex (West Ham), Harvey Vale (Chelsea)
2: Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal), Marc Leonard (Brighton), Thierry Nevers (West Ham), Ademipo Odubeko (West Ham)

Division 2

3: Terry Ablade (Fulham), Abu Kamara (Norwich), Dylan Stephenson (Newcastle)
2: Cameron Archer (Aston Villa), Kelvin Ehibhationham (Reading), Isaac Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Will Harris (Sunderland), Sonny Hilton (Fulham), Adam Porter (Stoke), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Austin Samuels (Wolves), Robert Snodgrass (West Brom), Vinnie Steels (Sunderland), Brad Young (Aston Villa)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

1: Michael Mellon, Richard Nartey, Max Thompson
1: own goals

LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Brighton 2 2 0 0 6 2 6
Tottenham 2 1 1 0 6 4 4
Manchester City 2 1 1 0 4 2 4
Liverpool 2 1 1 0 3 1 4
West Ham 2 1 0 1 8 5 3
Leeds 2 1 0 1 5 5 3
Arsenal 2 1 0 1 5 8 3
Chelsea 2 0 2 0 3 3 2
Manchester United 2 0 2 0 3 3 2
Leicester 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Blackburn 2 0 1 1 4 6 1
Everton 2 0 1 1 3 5 1
Derby 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Crystal Palace 2 0 0 2 3 7 0
Team pld w d l f a pts
Aston Villa 2 2 0 0 7 3 6
Fulham 2 2 0 0 7 3 6
Stoke 2 2 0 0 3 1 6
Newcastle 2 1 1 0 5 1 4
Reading 2 1 1 0 4 1 4
Norwich 2 1 0 1 3 1 3
Sunderland 2 1 0 1 6 6 3
West Brom 2 1 0 1 3 5 3
Wolves 2 1 0 1 2 4 3
Nottingham Forest 2 0 1 1 2 5 1
Southampton 2 0 1 1 0 3 1
Burnley 2 0 0 2 4 6 0
Middlesbrough 2 0 0 2 2 4 0
Birmingham 2 0 0 2 1 6 0
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