Tuesday 05 February 2013
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.
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.
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
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Newcastle 0-3 Reading (Obita 2, Tanner)
Manchester City (Pozo 2, Guidetti) 3-3 Bolton (Sampson, Boyata og, Gregus)
Southampton (Isgrove) 1-3 Manchester United (Lawrence, Januzaj, Vermijl)
Middlesbrough (Main, L. Williams) 2-2 Fulham (Woodrow, R. Williams)
Chelsea (Feruz) 1-0 Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion (Roofe) 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur (Obika, Kane, Gallifuoco) 3-2 West Ham United (Lee, Paulista)
Aston Villa (Crooks, Robinson) 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
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