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Last Saturday we beat Everton in the Premier League just a couple of hours after the under-18s had won at Leeds and one day after the under-23s had kicked it all off with a 3-2 win at Aston Villa in Premier League 2.

We’d been beaten at West Brom four days before the Villa game when they decided to field four first team players. Even then, our performance had deserved more than a 2-1 defeat. We put that right at Villa last Friday, winning it with a 95th minute penalty from Max Thompson just after Villa had equalised for a second time.

We have played more games than any other team in the league, other than runaway leaders Leeds, but the win has moved us nicely into fifth place in the table behind Wolves on goal difference and just one point behind Reading.

Leeds have been relentless since November and have now won eleven of their last twelve games. Although they have played twice more than Stoke who sit second, they have a thirteen point lead which leaves them requiring just six points from their remaining four games to ensure winning the league in their first season.

There’s a battle going on at the other end of the table where West Brom, Sunderland and Newcastle all kicked off the week with 17 points. Newcastle had the toughest task; they were beaten 2-1 at Leeds and West Brom also fell to defeat against Middlesbrough and so it is Sunderland who are now the highest placed of the three after drawing 0-0 at Wolves.

Manchester City remain five points clear of Blackburn at the top of Division 1. Blackburn reduced the lead to two points last Friday with a convincing 3-0 win at Arsenal but City’s response two days later was to beat Southampton 7-1 with Liam Delap hitting a hat trick to take his goal tally for the season to 19.

The player featured this week is Matty Rain who played at left back in the team that won at Villa.

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

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

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Division 1

Friday 12th March
Arsenal 0 Blackburn 3
Chelsea 2 Everton 1
Manchester United 0 Brighton 0

Saturday 13th March
Liverpool 1 West Ham 1

Monday 15th March
Derby 1 Tottenham 0
Manchester City 7 Southampton 1

Division 2

Friday 12th March
Aston Villa 2 Burnley 3
Reading 2 Crystal Palace 1
West Brom 0 Middlesbrough 1

Monday 15th March
Leeds 2 Newcastle 1
Stoke 1 Fulham 0
Wolves 0 Sunderland 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 19th March
Blackburn v Brighton
Tottenham v Manchester United
West Ham v Leicester

Sunday 21st March
Chelsea v Manchester City
Everton v Arsenal
Southampton v Liverpool

Division 2

Friday 19th March
Aston Villa v Stoke
Fulham v Burnley
Norwich v Newcastle

Monday 22nd March
Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Middlesbrough v Wolves
West Brom v Leeds

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

19: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
11: Connor McBride (Blackburn)
10: Joe Hugill (Manchester United)
8: Felix Nmecha (Manchester City), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)
7: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Nathan Broadhead (Everton), Kion Etete (Tottenham)

Division 2

10: Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)
8: Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham), Ethan Varian (Stoke)
7: Mitch Curry (Sunderland), Stanley Flaherty (Newcastle), Sam Greenwood (Leeds), Joel Mumbongo (Burnley), Max Thompson (Burnley)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

7: Joel Mumbongo, Max Thompson
5: Lewis Richardson
2: Ashley Barnes, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Ryan Viggars
1: Owen Dodgson, Rob Harker, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

The current Premier League 2 Tables for under-23 teams as of Mon 15th March 2021 at 9:00 p.m.

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester City 18 12 4 2 60 24 40
Blackburn 18 10 5 3 42 29 35
Derby 19 9 3 7 33 36 30
Tottenham 18 8 5 5 32 28 29
Chelsea 17 8 4 5 33 25 28
Manchester United 18 8 4 6 45 43 28
Everton 18 7 4 7 30 23 25
Liverpool 17 7 3 7 34 36 24
Brighton 19 5 7 7 26 36 22
Arsenal 19 5 5 9 29 35 20
Leicester 18 5 2 11 29 43 17
Southampton 18 4 4 10 26 41 16
West Ham 17 2 4 11 19 39 10
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 20 15 1 4 49 25 46
Stoke 18 11 0 7 31 23 33
Reading 18 9 1 8 31 42 28
Wolves 17 8 3 6 29 23 27
Burnley 19 8 3 8 28 30 27
Crystal Palace 18 8 2 8 36 32 26
Middlesbrough 18 7 3 8 32 27 24
Aston Villa 17 7 3 7 33 32 24
Norwich 18 7 2 9 24 26 23
Fulham 18 7 1 10 29 37 22
Sunderland 16 5 3 8 27 33 18
West Brom 16 5 2 9 27 33 17
Newcastle 17 5 2 10 23 36 17
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