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Just for a short time we dropped to third in the Professional Development League two days ago when Leeds United picked up a point from their 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, in the afternoon, but our 2-0 win against Bolton in the evening took us back to second, just three points behind leaders Nottingham Forest.

It really was an excellent result for our very young team who had fallen six points behind Forest when the leaders won last Friday. They won 3-1 at Birmingham and they had a very strong line up too with Virgil Gomis, last season’s top scorer, and Brennan Johnson both featuring.

Ours will be a younger team for the remainder of the season given the number who have gone out on loan, but there is no doubt we are improving at this level. We are already some way beyond our final points total from two seasons ago and well on the way to passing last season’s finish.

Whether we can remain in the top two though is a tough call. Leeds are just three points behind us with two games in hand and the fact that we had to play seven scholars in Monday’s game is indication that it ours will be a very young team for the remainder of the season.

Undoubtedly, we’ve enjoyed being in the top two this season, top for some spells too, but it is all about developing players and so many of the lads have now been given the opportunity to develop with some first team football.

Watford and Millwall still hold the top two places in the south group although Millwall have closed the gap. Watford drew 3-3 at home against Charlton, having to come from behind to get that point too, while Millwall had a comfortable 3-0 win against Coventry.

Charlton are third, above Coventry on goal difference but Coventry have two games in hand; win them both and they could be putting pressure on Watford.

There isn’t a full league fixture list this week but we have our home game against Birmingham on Monday, this one now moved to Stalybridge Celtic. Before that, we are in action tomorrow afternoon at Crystal Palace in the Premier League Cup. Anything but a victory would see us out of the competition.

The player featured this week is central defender Jimmy Dunne. He was expected to go back out on loan last month but has been retained at Burnley as cover for the first team and to play in the under-23s.

The League Tables and the Premier League Group 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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 31st January
Birmingham 1 Nottingham Forest 3

Monday 3rd February
Bolton 0 Burnley 2
Sheffield United 1 Barnsley 1
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds 2
Bristol City 1 Crystal Palace 0
Colchester 2 Ipswich 2
Coventry 0 QPR 2
Millwall 3 Cardiff 0
Watford 3 Charlton 3

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Monday 3rd February
Scunthorpe 2 Hull 3

Tuesday 4th February
Exeter 2 Portsmouth 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 7th February
Barnsley v Hull

Monday 10th February
Burnley v Birmingham
Leeds v Bolton
Cardiff v Bristol City
Crystal Palace v Coventry
Ipswich v Watford

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Thursday 6th February
Birmingham v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Burnley

Friday 7th February
Leeds v Derby
Middlesbrough v Blackburn
Nottingham Forest v Southampton
Watford v Fulham

Saturday 8th February
Swansea v Reading

Sunday 9th February
Liverpool v Sunderland

Monday 10th February
Charlton v Colchester
Huddersfield v Wigan
Hull v Scunthorpe
Plymouth v Everton
Stoke v Bournemouth
West Brom v Newcastle

LEADING GOALSCORERS (League)

14: George Alexander (Millwall)
13: Sam Dalby (Watford)
11: Joseph Hungo (Watford)
9: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest)
8: Max Biamou (Coventry), Ryan Edmondson (Leeds), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley), Reece York (Sheffield United)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

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

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Nottingham Forest 19 12 5 2 45 20 41
Burnley 20 10 8 2 38 21 38
Leeds 18 10 5 3 35 16 35
Birmingham City 20 10 3 7 36 25 33
Wigan 18 9 3 6 32 27 30
Crewe Alexandra 20 9 2 9 34 32 29
Barnsley 20 8 2 10 36 38 26
Hull City 17 8 2 7 27 33 26
Sheffield Wednesday 19 4 6 9 31 37 18
Sheffield United 21 4 5 12 29 41 17
Bolton Wanderers 18 1 1 16 14 60 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Watford 19 11 4 4 44 29 37
Millwall 19 10 4 5 34 22 34
Charlton Athletic 19 8 6 5 39 30 30
Coventry City 17 9 3 5 25 23 30
Queens Park Rangers 19 6 7 6 35 31 25
Cardiff City 19 7 4 8 25 32 25
Ipswich Town 18 6 3 9 28 33 21
Bristol City 17 6 3 8 22 32 21
Colchester United 18 4 3 11 24 40 15
Crystal Palace 17 3 3 11 22 33 12
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