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Tuesday 09 October 2012

Barclays U21s: Wins for West Ham, Arsenal; Man Utd held

Bacary Sagna returns as Arsenal beat Reading but Man Utd are pegged back by Southampton

  • Arsenal goalscorer Serge Gnabry (right) is challenged by Reading defender Nick Arnold

  • Larnell Cole was on target in Manchester United's 3-3 draw with Southampton

  • Graham Burke's equaliser for Aston Villa proved academic against Newcastle

  • Adam Campbell's fifth goal in the competition helped Newcastle to a 2-1 win at Villa Park

  • Apostolos Vellios was on target as Everton made it three wins in the spin at Carrow Road

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Man Utd 3-3 Southampton

Southampton stunned Group 2 leaders Manchester United with a late equaliser at Altrincham. After going behind in the third minute to Jesse Lingard, who beat Artur Boruc in the Southampton goal, the visiting side went ahead thanks to two headers by Jake Sinclair, the brother of Manchester City's Scott.

On 70 minutes Larnell Cole equalised for United who looked to have snatched victory with Frederic Veseli’s goal with a minute remaining but there was still time for Calum Chambers to grab a share of the points in the 95th minute.

Southampton match report

Manchester United match report

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United

Also in Group 2 Newcastle United ended a three-match winless streak by inflicting a first defeat on Aston Villa at Villa Park. After a goalless first half, Adam Campbell scored his fifth goal in the competition to put the visiting side ahead. Graham Burke equalised for the home side but Newcastle went away with all three points thanks to a solo effort from Mehdi Abeid.

Newcastle's victory, which sent them above Southampton into second, was soured by a serious-looking knee injury to Haris Vuckic six minutes from the end and shortly after Dan Gosling had limped off with an ankle injury. Villa striker Jordan Bowery's match also ended prematurely with an injury.

Aston Villa match report  

Newcastle Utd match report

Stoke City 0-1 Sunderland

John Egan scored the only goal midway through the first half as Sunderland extended their unbeaten run to four matches at the Britannia Stadium to move level on six points with fourth-placed Aston Villa.

"The boys really enjoyed playing at the Britannia Stadium; the pitch was outstanding and it was a nice experience"
Kevin Ball

For Stoke there was disappointment seven days after securing their first victory over Southampton. Sunderland's Phil Bardsley played for 75 minutes in his comeback from injury, though fellow defender Louis Laing came off with a potentially grave injury with two minutes remaining.

The Black Cats' development coach Kevin Ball said his team enjoyed the venue.  "We played some lovely football and created some good chances, while Stoke had their opportunities as well," he told safc.com. "The boys really enjoyed playing at the Britannia Stadium; the pitch was outstanding and it was a nice experience."

"We were disappointed with the result, but overall quite encouraged by the performance," said Stoke academy manager Dave Wright. "We thought we deserved something from the game."

Stoke match report

Sunderland match report

Arsenal 2-0 Reading

An Arsenal side boasting several first-teamers on their way back from injury returned to winning ways with victory at Underhill, although the goals came from two 17-year-olds.

Serge Gnabry's first-half goal and a Chuka Akpom header on the hour were enough for a side including Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, Andre Santos, Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong in the starting lineup. 

Sagna played for an hour and Wilshere for 75 minutes while former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, Jason Roberts, Danny Guthrie and Adam Le Fondre all started for a Reading side also featuring Niall Keown, the son of former Arsenal defender Martin.

Arsenal match report

Reading match report

Blackburn Rovers 0-2 West Ham United

West Ham remain three points clear of the Gunners as their irrepressible form continued at Blackburn, where goals in either half from Paul McCallum and Mathias Fanimo, sealed their fourth victory of the campaign.

Both goals came from set-pieces as McCallum headed his side in front after 18 minutes of the Leigh Sports Village encounter from a corner, while Fanimo showed the presence of mind to backheel the visitors' second over the line after Robert Hall's corner had been headed goalwards.

Blackburn Rovers match report

West Ham match report

Norwich 0-2 Everton

Norwich manager Scott Marshall did not appear too disappointed at seeing his side lose to goals from Apostolos Vellios and Conor Grant in their Group 1 encounter at Carrow Road.

"They had physically strong, accomplished professionals, and for us to do so well is a positive"
Scott Marshall

Vellios struck shortly after the break for an Everton side that featured Sylvain Distin, Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is trying to win a contract at the club, and Jan Mucha, the goalkeeper who that day had announced his retirement from international football with Slovakia.

Grant secured the visitors' third successive victory ten minutes from the end to take the Toffees level on 10 points with their fourth-placed hosts.

"They had physically strong, accomplished professionals, and for us to do so well is a positive," Marshall told the Norwich City website. "Young Cameron King did well, we always get something from Josh and Jacob Murphy, and the senior professionals in our side were great too, it's just a shame we couldn’t get the result tonight."

Norwich City match report

Everton match report

Bolton 0-1 WBA

Alex Jones's goal was enough for West Bromwich Albion to grab back-to-back wins at the Reebok Stadium. After beating Arsenal by the same score-line at The Hawthorns West Brom development coach David Oldfield was pleased but still called for his team to improve.

"We had plenty of possession but we need to be more clinical in front of goal," he said. "We didn't get too carried away when things weren't going our way earlier in the season but of course it is important we pick up wins and to follow up last week's win over Arsenal is pleasing."

Bolton Wanderers match report 

West Bromwich Albion report

Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool

In Group 3 Adam Morgan scored the only goal as Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season continued away to Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Running on to a backheel on the stroke of half-time from Dani Pacheco the midfielder finished coolly to score the winner.

Middlesbrough match report

Liverpool match report

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Friday 4 October result

GROUP 3
Fulham 3-1 Chelsea

Monday 8 October results

GROUP 1
Arsenal 2-0 Reading, Barnet FC
Blackburn Rovers 0-2 West Ham United Leigh Sports Village
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 West Bromwich Albion, Reebok Stadium
Norwich City 0-2 Everton, Carrow Road

GROUP 2
Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United, Villa Park
Manchester United 3-3 Southampton, Altrincham FC
Stoke City 0-1 Sunderland, Britannia Stadium

GROUP 3
Middlesbrough 0-1 Liverpool, Riverside Stadium

Tuesday 9 October fixture

GROUP 3
Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Etihad Stadium (7pm)

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

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Key Points

  • Three Barclays Premier League grounds see Under-21 action on Monday
  • West Ham, Arsenal, Newcastle, Everton and Liverpool secure wins
  • Manchester United held to a 3-3 draw in Group 2 by last-gasp Southampton