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We started the week behind leaders Nottingham Forest on goal difference and a point ahead of third place Leeds United and that’s exactly where we stand today after all three of us won our league games.

Forest got things underway last Friday, winning 3-0 at Barnsley, and then it was up to us and Leeds to keep pace with them yesterday and we both did just that. We beat Sheffield United 2-0 while Leeds were somewhat fortunate, scoring a late winner to beat Crewe 2-1.

Birmingham were only a point behind Leeds but they suffered a defeat against Wigan and that’s given the top three some daylight ahead of the rest although it has to be noted that Leeds have one game in hand on us while Forest have played two less.

It’s tightened up in the south group where the top three are some way ahead. Leaders Watford were beaten by third place Coventry while Millwall, who are second, won yesterday at Charlton. Those results have reduced Watford’s lead at the top to three points. Second place Millwall are one point ahead of Coventry but the Sky Blues have three games in hand on the other two. which gives them a more than realistic opportunity to go top.

Leeds have no game this week in the league but we travel to Barnsley on Friday when a positive result will see us go back to the top for a few days at least. Forest don’t play until Tuesday when they travel to Wigan.

There are also a number of games in the Premier League Cup. Having played in the league at Barnsley, we have our home fixture against Middlesbrough on Monday. Without a win from our first three games, we are third in the group with Boro ahead of us and Blackburn out on top with three wins from three.

The player featured this week is Joel Senior. Signed from Curzon Ashton in the summer, he’s missed a lot of football due to an injury but he was back on the bench for yesterday’s game against Sheffield United.

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

Thursday 9th January
Portsmouth 2 Exeter 2 (Premier League Cup)

Friday 10th January
Barnsley 0 Nottingham Forest 3
Birmingham 0 Wigan 2
Hull 4 Bolton 0
Watford 1 Coventry 2

Monday 13th January
Burnley 2 Sheffield United 0
Crewe 1 Leeds 2
Cardiff 2 Colchester 1
Charlton 0 Millwall 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 17th January
Barnsley v Burnley

Monday 20th January
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Crewe
Bristol City v QPR
Coventry v Cardiff

Tuesday 21st January
Wigan v Nottingham Forest

Wednesday 22nd January
Charlton v Crystal Palace

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Thursday 16th January
Aston Villa v Exeter

Friday 17th January
Blackburn v Crystal Palace
Birmingham v Leeds
Everton v Fulham
Newcastle v Hull
Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth
Wigan v Liverpool

Saturday 18th January
Swansea v Charlton

Monday 20th January
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Stoke v Southampton
Sunderland v Huddersfield
Watford v Plymouth
Wolves v Derby

Tuesday 21st January
Portsmouth v Doncaster
West Brom v Scunthorpe

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

12: George Alexander (Millwall)
11: Sam Dalby (Watford)
10: Joseph Hungbo (Watford)
8: Max Biamou (Coventry), Ryan Edmondson (Leeds), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
7: Josh Davison (Charlton), Miguel Fernandez (Birmingham), Reece York (Sheffield United), Jake Young (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

9: Ali Koiki
5: Rob Harker, 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 16 10 5 1 39 16 35
Burnley 18 9 8 1 35 17 35
Leeds 17 10 4 3 33 14 34
Birmingham City 18 9 3 6 33 21 30
Wigan 17 8 3 6 29 25 27
Crewe Alexandra 18 7 2 9 29 30 23
Hull City 16 7 2 7 24 31 23
Barnsley 17 7 1 9 30 33 22
Sheffield United 18 4 4 10 26 36 16
Sheffield Wednesday 16 3 5 8 25 31 14
Bolton Wanderers 15 1 1 13 13 54 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 17 10 3 4 37 25 33
Millwall 17 9 3 5 30 21 30
Coventry City 14 9 2 3 24 17 29
Charlton Athletic 16 6 5 5 30 26 23
Cardiff City 16 6 3 7 21 26 21
Queens Park Rangers 16 5 5 6 30 28 20
Bristol City 14 5 2 7 19 26 17
Ipswich Town 16 5 2 9 23 31 17
Colchester United 16 4 2 10 21 34 14
Crystal Palace 14 3 3 8 19 27 12
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