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Only a limited number of games have been played in the Professional Development League in the past few weeks from one played on 22nd January up to and including one played yesterday afternoon.

Eleven have been played in each of the north and south groups and that includes two Burnley games, one that ended in a 2-1 win against league leaders Birmingham and more recently the 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday two days ago.

A number of games have been hit by the weather which has brought substantial postponements but as we go into the next set of fixtures, Birmingham still hold the lead in the north group ahead of Sheffield United. Both have dropped points in the last couple of days. Sheffield United were surprisingly beaten by Barnsley on Tuesday afternoon but Birmingham were unable to take much advantage when they were held by Fleetwood yesterday afternoon.

Birmingham’s lead at the top is now five points but Sheffield United do have three games in hand. Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Fleetwood currently hold the next three positions followed by us but our under-21s are now seven points behind Fleetwood although it must be noted that we have plenty of games in hand on all of those above us and those immediately behind us. As unlikely as it might be, if we did win all of our games in hand over Birmingham, we would be ahead of them in the table.

In truth, a battle between Birmingham and Sheffield United looks the most likely but in the south group there are now four teams at the top with just one point separating them. QPR lead the way again with 33 points with all of Swansea, Millwall and Bournemouth just one point behind them. The latter two also both have a game in hand on the top two.

The key fixture in the past few days was Swansea’s win against Bournemouth. That was on Monday while Millwall were surprisingly dropping points in a home draw against bottom team Colchester. Leaders QPR then missed the opportunity to pull away on Tuesday, going down at home against Watford.

I don’t think the review should pass without mention of Charlton’s win at Ipswich two days ago. They won the game 8-1. They had six different scorers with both Patrick Casey and Euan Williams scoring twice.

The next set of fixtures are spread over the entire week, kicking off with our game against Peterborough tomorrow, which has now been moved to Gawthorpe, and ending with Colchester’s visit to QPR next Thursday.

The player featured this week is one of the recent signings Tommy McDermott who has scored in our two recent games against Fulham in the Premier League Cup and from the penalty spot in the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The League Tables and our Fixtures and Results can be found within U21/U18 Stats on the top menu.

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

Last Week’s Results

North

Monday 22nd January
Wigan 0 Sheffield United 3

Tuesday 23rd January
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Barnsley 0

Thursday 25th January
Fleetwood 2 Coventry 0

Tuesday 30th January
Hull 3 Wigan 4

Friday 2nd February
Burnley 2 Birmingham 1

Tuesday 6th February
Coventry 1 Wigan 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Peterborough 2

Tuesday 13th February
Coventry 2 Crewe 0
Sheffield United 0 Barnsley 1
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Burnley 1

Wednesday 14th February
Birmingham 1 Fleetwood 1

South

Tuesday 23rd January
Watford 2 Charlton 0

Friday 26th January
Colchester 2 Ipswich 3

Tuesday 30th January
Bournemouth 2 Millwall 3
Cardiff 0 QPR 2
Charlton 1 Swansea 0

Saturday 10th February
QPR 2 Bristol City 1

Monday 12th February
Millwall 2 Colchester 2
Swansea 3 Bournemouth 2

Tuesday 13th February
Bristol City 1 Cardiff 2
Ipswich 1 Charlton 8
QPR 0 Watford 1

This Week’s Fixtures

North

Friday 16th February
Burnley v Peterborough
Fleetwood v Sheffield Wednesday

Monday 19th February
Wigan v Coventry

Tuesday 20th February
Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday
Fleetwood v Sheffield United

Wednesday 21st February
Hull v Crewe

South

Friday 16th February
Cardiff v Colchester

Tuesday 20th February
Bristol City v Millwall
Cardiff v Charlton
Ipswich v Swansea
Watford v Bournemouth

Thursday 22nd February
QPR v Colchester

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

8: Joe Westley
2: Logan Pye, Lewis Richardson. Tom Tweedy
1: Joe Ashton, Darko Churlinov, Tommy McDermott, Mikey O’Neill, Lucas Wane, own goals

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

7: Lewis Richardson
4: Joe Westley
3: Will Hugill, Han-Noah Massengo, Mikey O’Neill
1: Darko Churlinov, Jez Davies, Kian Le Fondre, Tommy McDermott, Basilio Rieno Socoliche

Leading Goalscorers

12: Daniel Adu-Adjei (Bournemouth)
11: Bailey Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday), Patrick Casey (Charlton), Junior Dixon (Birmingham), Kyrell WIlson (Swansea)
10: Fábio Jaló (Barnsley), Aiden Marsh (Barnsley),
9: Patrick Casey (Charlton)
8: Abdul Abdulmalik (QPR), Kristian Fletcher (Swansea), Antwoine Hackford (Sheffield United), Joe Westley (Burnley)
7: Kaan Bennett (Colchester), Joel Colwill (Cardiff), Justin Obikwu (Coventry)

League Tables

Team pld w d l f a pts
Birmingham 20 11 6 3 42 23 39
Sheffield United 17 10 4 3 52 20 34
Sheffield Wednesday 17 8 6 3 37 22 30
Barnsley 17 9 1 7 32 28 28
Fleetwood 16 8 2 6 31 31 26
Burnley 13 5 4 4 20 20 19
Wigan 16 5 3 8 29 31 18
Coventry 17 5 2 10 29 40 17
Peterborough 18 4 3 11 28 43 15
Hull 14 4 2 8 23 35 14
Crewe 15 2 2 11 18 38 8
Team pld w d l f a pts
QPR 18 9 6 3 44 27 33
Swansea 18 10 2 6 47 30 32
Millwall 17 9 5 3 40 31 32
Bournemouth 17 10 2 5 29 26 32
Ipswich 17 7 3 7 30 40 24
Charlton 15 6 3 6 39 31 21
Watford 16 5 5 6 25 32 20
Bristol City 17 5 3 8 22 38 18
Cardiff 17 4 5 8 32 43 17
Colchester 14 2 1 11 19 39 7
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