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Barclays U21s: Rovers hopeful as rivals stutter

A review of the weekend's action in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Thomas Eisfeld's goal ensured Arsenal drew 2-2 at Reading

Blackburn Rovers kept their hopes of qualifying for the Elite Group Stage of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League alive by beating Group 1 winners West Ham United 1-0.

A spectacular free-kick from Diogo Rosado after 77 minutes was all that separated the sides but it does not stop Ian Hendon’s side topping Group 1. The victory means that Rovers climbed to the third and final qualifying spot for the Elite Group Stage with their final group match.

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Group 1
West Ham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Sunday, 2 December

Group 1
Everton 2-1 Norwich City
Reading 2-2 Arsenal

Group 2
Newcastle United 2-3 Aston Villa

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

Monday, 3 December

Group 1
West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers, 1pm, WBA Training Ground

Group 2
Southampton v Manchester United, 7pm, St Mary's Stadium
Sunderland v Stoke City, 1pm, Academy of Light

Group 3
Fulham v Liverpool, 2pm, Motspur Park
Middlesbrough v Chelsea, 7pm, Riverside Stadium
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City, 7pm, AFC Telford United

For all the fixtures and the latest league tables, click here

Key Points

  • Group 1 winners West Ham beaten by Blackburn Rovers at Rush Green Road
  • The Madejski Stadium opens its doors to Reading v Arsenal on Sunday lunchtime
  • Newcastle host Aston Villa on Sunday morning in a very tight Group 2