U23s down to fifth after losing another two goal lead
Just over two weeks ago our under-23s surrendered a two goal lead and went on to lose 4-2 against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, and two weeks later we did it again, this time going down to a 3-2 defeat against QPR.
Ali Koiki and Rob Harker (pictured), with his first of the season, looked to have set us up for all three points at Loftus Road but QPR came back with three second half goals to take all the points.
It could so easily have been a maximum twelve points from the first four games of the season, we have beaten both Cardiff and Crystal Palace in behind closed doors home games. That would have seen us lead the table by two points but this latest defeat has seen us drop one place to fifth some four points behind leaders Leeds who were one of only two northern group teams to win.
Leeds won 2-1 at Cardiff, and replaced Bolton at the top of the table, with Sheffield United recording a 3-0 win against pointless Colchester. Three of the other games ended in draws with four southern group teams recording wins.
With Colchester the only team searching for a first point, Barnsley are bottom of the northern group with just the one point. They couldn’t add to that in their last game; Crystal Palace beat them and they have moved above Bristol City into first place, the position they held at the end of last season.
Burnley fans will get a first opportunity to see us play at home next Monday with the northern group teams all at home. We play Millwall who, like us, have won two and lost two.
Below are last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables.
LAST WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 31st August
Watford 2 Crewe 2
Sunday 2nd September
Millwall 3 Bolton 0
Monday 3rd September
Cardiff 1 Leeds 2
Charlton 1 Nottingham Forest 1
Colchester 0 Sheffield United 3
Coventry 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Crystal Palace 4 Barnsley 0
Ipswich 2 Birmingham 0
QPR 3 Burnley 2
Tuesday 4th September
Bristol City 1 Hull 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 7th September
Barnsley v Coventry
Leeds v Bristol City
Monday 10th September
Bolton v Ipswich
Burnley v Millwall
Crewe v QPR
Hull v Watford
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff
Sheffield Wednesday v Colchester
Tuesday 11th September
Birmingham v Crystal Palace
Sheffield United v Charlton
4: Reise Allassani (Coventry), Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham), Ben Morris (Ipswich), Danny Rowe (Ipswich)
3: Michael Folivi (Watford), Luca Navarro (Bolton), Mason Saunders-Henry (Millwall)
2: Dan Agyei, Tunde Bayode, Ali Koiki
1: Rob Harker, Christian N’Guessan, Matej Vydra, Nahki Wells
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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