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Friday 03 May 2013

Barclays U21s: Win keeps Saints' hopes alive

Southampton climb to final play-off place as Newcastle look to seal qualification

Southampton's Sam Hoskins gives his side the lead against West Ham

Southampton 5-2 West Ham United

Southampton kept alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final stage with a convincing victory at Staplewood over West Ham United that ended their opponents’ slim hopes of the play-offs.

West Ham twice took the lead during the first half, first through Elliott Lee, then George Moncur, but each time Southampton levelled, through Corby Moore and then Lloyd Isgrove.

In the second half Sam Hoskins and Omar Rowe put the home side ahead and Jake Sinclair sealed the victory that sent Southampton into the third and final play-off place with their final match.

Liverpool can go above them if they avoid defeat in either of their two remaining matches, starting this evening away to Arsenal at Underhill.

Southampton report | West Ham report

Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers

Newcastle United will be looking to secure a play-off place against Everton as they take on Bolton Wanderers at Whitley Park in Benton this evening. Bolton can only overtake their opponents at the top of Group 2 by winning by four clear goals.

“We won't be thinking about simply not getting beat; that hasn't even crossed our minds," Willie Donachie, the Newcastle U21 coach told nufc.co.uk. "Bolton are a very good side with some excellent players so we'll have to go into the match with the same attitude that we have in the whole of the second part of the season.

"And the prospect of extending the season and getting the chance to show that we have the best under-21 side in the country is a fantastic incentive."

Gael Bigirimana, who scored in the defeat of Norwich City this week that sent Newcastle top, is in the squad as is James Tavernier, but Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan and Adam Campbell are not available.

Admission on Friday is £3 for adults and £1 concessions via the turnstiles. Season ticket holders and Members gain free entry.

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Thursday 2 May
Elite Group
Southampton (Moore, Isgrove, Hoskins, Rowe, Sinclair) 5-2 West Ham (Lee, Moncur)

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

Friday 3 May
Elite Group

Arsenal v Liverpool, Underhill, Barnet FC, 6.30pm

Group 2
Newcastle U21 v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm, Whitley Park
Norwich City v Crystal Palace, 2pm, Colney Training Centre

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 maintained their hopes of reaching the play-offs of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League with victory over West Ham
  • Southampton must hope Liverpool lose their final two matches
  • Newcastle can seal play-off place against Everton if they avoid four-defeat by Bolton

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