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Tuesday 26 March 2013

Barclays U21s: Win lifts Saints to fourth

Southampton beat Wolves in Elite Group while Crystal Palace edge Man City 4-3

  • Jake Sinclair opens the scoring for Southampton against Wolves

  • Man City take on Crystal Palace at Platt Lane

There were three matches in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League second phase before the weekend.

Southampton 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Two goals from Jake Sinclair earned Southampton victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Eastleigh's Silverlake Stadium. The goals, both during the first half, lifted Southampton to fourth in the Elite Group.

With Southampton first-team manager Mauricio Pochettino watching, the deadlock was broken on 18 minutes by Sinclair, who bundled the ball in from close range.

A quarter of an hour later the striker got his second after a quick counter. In the reverse fixture, Southampton were in a similar position, only to draw 2-2 but this time they held firm to take three points.

Southampton report | Wolves report

Manchester City 3-4 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace came from behind twice to beat Manchester City in a thriller at Platt Lane.

City went 2-0 up through John Guidetti, Dedryck Boyata before Palace levelled the scores thanks to strikes from Ibra Sekajja. There was still time for City to regain the lead before half-time through Seko Fofana, who was signed from Lorient in January.

After the break Kadell Daniel equalised for Palace again with a 20-yard strike before the away side took the lead through Kwesi Appiah who showed good control before looping the ball into the City net.

Man City report | Palace report

Stoke City 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

Two goals from Zach Clough and a Cian Bolger header earned Bolton Wanderers victory over Stoke City at the Weaver Stadium.

Clough opened the scoring just before half time but shortly after the break John Marsden equalised for Stoke. Bolger restored Wanderers’ lead before Clough made it 3-1 from close range. Jaden Hall got a consolation goal for the home side in injury time, but it was not enough to prevent defeat.

The win lifted Bolton to fourth in the table with eight points from five matches. Stoke fell to bottom with three points from eight matches, after Crystal Palace's victory over Manchester City.

Stoke report N/A | Bolton report

Barclays U21 Premier League results

28 March

Group 2
Stoke City (Marsden, Hall) 2-3 Bolton Wanderers (Clough 2, Bolger)

29 March

Elite Group
Southampton (Sinclair 2) 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Group 2
Manchester City (Guidetti, Boyata, Fofana) 3-4 Crystal Palace (Sekajja 2, Daniel, Appiah)

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

31 March
Elite Group
West Bromwich Albion P-P West Ham United

1 April
Elite Group

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, Anfield, 2pm

Group 1
Aston Villa v Sunderland, Hinckley United, 3pm

Group 2
Norwich City v Reading, Colney Training Centre, 2pm
Stoke City v Newcastle United, Clayton Wood Training Centre, 2pm

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here

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

  • Southampton go fourth in the Elite Group after beating Wolves 2-0
  • Crystal Palace edge Man City in seven-goal thriller in Group 2
  • Stoke lose at home to Bolton in Group 2

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