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Tuesday 05 February 2013

Barclays U21s: Gallifuoco seals victory for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur go top of the Elite Group thanks to a 3-2 win over West Ham

  • Harry Kane scored a fine goal for Tottenham Hotspur in the 3-2 victory over West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur moved to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Elite Group after claiming a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Ham United at the Training Centre.

Jonathan Obika put Spurs ahead from six yards on 26 minutes only for the visitors to respond through a Elliot Lee drive four minutes before half-time.

Harry Kane then put Tottenham in front again just before the break with a superb shot from 25 yards that flew into the top corner.

West Ham hit the inside of the post before new signing Wellington Paulista, who scored in the previous match against Arsenal, slotted home from Lee's cutback.

But Tottenham had the final say when defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco's looping header went in from Christian Ceballos' cross with 21 minutes left on the clock.

Spurs now lead the Elite Group by one point from second-placed Liverpool, who have a match in hand.

Spurs report | West Ham report

West Brom 1-0 Wolves

West Bromwich Albion are now in third place of the Elite Group thanks to a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Hawthorns.

Sam Whittall had the first chance for the visitors early on but he headed over from Stephen Hunt's free kick while Adil Nabi, Samir Nabi and James Hurst all had chances for the hosts.

West Brom's Luke Daniels saved from Jack Price in the second half before Kemar Roofe struck the decisive blow 16 minutes from time, lashing home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards out.

West Brom report | Wolves report

Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa registered their first win of the second stage, beating Blackburn Rovers in their Group 1 tie at Hinckley United.

Forward Alfie Crooks scored the first seven minutes after half-time with a glancing header and his strike partner Callum Robinson sealed the match with 25-yeard shot with 13 minutes remaining. Villa recovered after their first match of the second stage 3-1 to Middlesbrough, while Blackburn are yet to register a goal, having lost to Everton 3-0 in their first match.

Aston Villa report | Blackburn Rovers report N/A

Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here


31 January

Group 2
Newcastle 0-3 Reading (Obita 2, Tanner)
Manchester City (Pozo 2, Guidetti) 3-3 Bolton (Sampson, Boyata og, Gregus)

2 February

Elite Group
Southampton (Isgrove) 1-3 Manchester United (Lawrence, Januzaj, Vermijl)

Group 1
Middlesbrough (Main, L. Williams) 2-2 Fulham (Woodrow, R. Williams)

3 February

Group 1
Chelsea (Feruz) 1-0 Sunderland

4 February

Elite Group
West Bromwich Albion (Roofe) 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur (Obika, Kane, Gallifuoco) 3-2 West Ham United (Lee, Paulista)

Group 1
Aston Villa (Crooks, Robinson) 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Giancarlo Gallifuoco scores the winner as Tottenham beat West Ham in Barclays Under-21 Premier League
  • West Brom overcome Wolves 1-0 thanks to Kemar Roofe's late goal
  • Aston Villa record a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers

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