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Having watched Nottingham Forest move ahead of us on goal difference last Friday, the under-23s, who would have gone third if beaten, returned to the top of the league a day later with a 3-1 win at Birmingham.

We had to come from behind too after Jayden Reid gave the home side a 1-0 half time lead. It was the young strike pair of Lewis Richardson (pictured) and Joe McGlynn who turned a deficit into a lead. Richardson equalised with an outstanding goal, flicking the ball over a Birmingham player’s head before hitting a shot into the bottom corner.

McGlynn’s was a powerful strike that took a deflection but by then we were well on top and it was no surprise when we added a third, this time Oliver Younger heading home a Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson corner.

Jimmy Dunne has returned from Fleetwood having made eleven appearances for them and he played the full game as did Guðmundsson who has now declared himself fully fit. He said afterwards: “The good news is the 23s are still unbeaten. They were telling me before the game, so when we were 1-0 down at half time I was a bit scared I would ruin their run.”

He added: “I thought two young lads, Richardson and McGlynn, did brilliantly; two very young players that caused lots of problems, but the whole team did really well. They are all good players and they just need to concentrate on themselves and have a good second half to the season.”

The Burnley team was: Lukas Jensen, Ryan Cooney, Oliver Younger, Anthony Glennon (Jordan Cropper ht), Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson, Christian N’Guessan, Adam Phillips, Ali Koiki, Joe McGlynn, Lewis Richardson. Subs not used: George McMahon, Bobby Thomas, Josh Benson, Tunde Bayode.

To go into Christmas unbeaten after 16 league games is superb with eight won and eight drawn. The first four were drawn but the balance has been restored recently with all of Andy Farrell’s team’s last four league games won in which we’ve scored 13 goals.

Beating Birmingham, who would have gone above us had they won, was an outstanding result and our next game, on Tuesday, 7th January, will see us up against second in the table Nottingham Forest. It’s all very tight between the top four.

It’s not quite so tight in the south group where Watford currently lead the table with 30 points, six ahead of second place Millwall.

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.

The recent results, the next fixtures, the leading scorers, our scorers and the current tables are all below.

RECENT RESULTS

Friday 29th November
Bolton 0 Barnsley 2
Leeds 2 Sheffield United 1
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Birmingham 2

Monday 2nd December
Hull 0 Burnley 1
QPR 2 Colchester 1

Wednesday 4th December
Crewe 0 Wigan 1

Friday 6th December
Nottingham Forest 3 Birmingham 2

Monday 9th December
Burnley 5 Bolton 0
Crewe 1 Hull 1
Leeds 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Charlton 2 Coventry 0
Millwall 4 Ipswich 1
Watford 1 Cardiff 1

Tuesday 10th December
Barnsley 0 Sheffield United 1

Friday 13th December
Hull 1 Barnsley 1
Sheffield Wednesday 3 Nottingham Forest 3
Watford 1 Millwall 1

Monday 16th December
Bolton 1 Leeds 5
Sheffield United 2 Wigan 2
Colchester 3 Charlton 2
Ipswich 2 Crystal Palace 1
QPR 4 Cardiff 1

Friday 20th December
Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds 1
Bolton 0 Millwall 1

Saturday 21st December
Birmingham 1 Burnley 3

NEXT FIXTURES

Monday 23rd December
Bristol City v QPR

Sunday 5th January
Leeds v Hull

Monday 6th January
Sheffield United v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v Crewe
Wigan v Barnsley
Bristol City v Watford
Cardiff v Coventry
Charlton v Ipswich
Crystal Palace v QPR

Tuesday 7th January
Nottingham Forest v Burnley
Millwall v Colchester

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

11: George Alexander (Millwall)
10: Joseph Hungbo (Watford)
8: Sam Dalby (Watford), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
7: Max Biamou (Coventry), Josh Davison (Charlton), Miguel Fernandez (Birmingham), Reece York (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

9: Ali Koiki
5: Lewis Richardson
4: Rob Harker
3: Joe McGlynn, Joel Mumbongo
2: Tunde Bayode, Josh Benson, Oliver Younger
1: Mitch George, Anthony Glennon, Mace Goodridge, Adam Legzdins, Christian N’Guessan, Adam Phillips, Bobby Thomas, Ne-Jai Tucker, Scott Wilson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Burnley 16 8 8 0 32 15 32
Nottingham Forest 14 8 5 1 34 15 29
Leeds 15 8 4 3 26 13 28
Birmingham City 16 8 3 5 30 18 27
Barnsley 15 7 1 7 29 26 22
Wigan 15 6 3 6 23 24 21
Crewe Alexandra 16 6 2 8 26 27 20
Hull City 14 6 2 6 20 26 20
Sheffield United 16 4 4 8 25 32 16
Sheffield Wednesday 15 3 5 7 24 29 14
Bolton Wanderers 14 1 1 12 13 50 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 15 9 3 3 30 22 30
Millwall 15 7 3 5 27 21 24
Charlton Athletic 14 6 5 3 29 21 23
Coventry City 12 7 2 3 21 16 23
Queens Park Rangers 15 5 4 6 27 25 19
Cardiff City 14 5 3 6 19 24 18
Bristol City 13 5 2 6 18 20 17
Ipswich Town 15 4 2 9 20 30 14
Colchester United 14 4 2 8 20 31 14
Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 16 24 11
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