Sunday 28 October 2012

Barclays U21s: West Ham stretch winning run to five matches

Hammers make it five Under-21 wins in succession; Man City held to fourth away draw of season

  • Jonathan Obika scored the third for Tottenham

  • Elliot Lee's second-half header strengthened West Ham's grip on Group 1

  • Matthias Fanimo came close scoring during his West Ham's 1-0 win against Everton

Tottenham 4-2 Man Utd

Tottenham Hotspur handed Manchester United their first defeat of the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League season with a 4-2 victory at their Training Ground on Saturday.

Jesse Lingaard had given United an early lead but a goal from Milos Veljkovic sent the home side into the break level.

After twice being denied by United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone Cristian Ceballos put Spurs in front on 66 minutes. Substitute Nabil Bentaleb doubled the lead with his first touch on 84 minutes and a minute later Jon Obika made it 4-1. A Tom Lawrence shot from 25 yards narrowed the final deficit for United.

The victory lifted Spurs to fourth in Group 2 on eight points, three behind United, who have played a game fewer. Newcastle United lead the group on 13 points with Southampton a point behind in second.

Tottenham report

Manchester United report

West Ham 1-0 Everton

There was little to choose between the two sides at a windswept Rush Green Road but Elliot Lee – the son of former England midfielder Rob – made the difference with a 69th-minute header.

Lee, who had come close to scoring in the first half, connected with Blair Turgott's cross to beat Mateus Taudel with a glancing header to the delight of the 308-strong crowd.

In wintry conditions there were chances for both sides, with George Moncur denied by Taudel, and Everton unfortunate not to pull level when Ibou Touray's long-range effort that whistled just wide.

Apostolos Vellios also put a presentable opportunity wide and saw his added-time effort come back off the post.

Ian Hendon's side held on, however, to register their fifth victory in succession and stretch their Group 1 lead to six points over Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Read West Ham United’s full match report here.

Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City

Middlesbrough and Manchester City moved on to eight points apiece in Group 3 after sharing an eventful draw at Rockcliffe Park.

City, who have now drawn four of their five away matches this season, were on course for a first away victory under the watchful eyes of the club's football development officer Patrick Vieira and sporting director Brian Marwood, when they came from behind to take a second-half lead.

Kareem Rekik, returning from a long injury lay-off, had cancelled out Lewis Sirrell’s 17th-minute opener before half-time substitute Devante Cole, the son of former striker Andew and a scorer for England Under-18s in mdweek, had a hand in Marcos Lopes's strike.

However, the hosts levelled the match on 74 minutes after Paul Weldon's marauding was rewarded by an emphatic finish by Ryan Brobbel.

Boro are level on eight points with Crystal Palace and City, who have played a match more than their two rivals.

Read Middlesbrough's full match report here 

Read Manchester City's full match report here

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

Friday 26 October results

GROUP 1
West Ham United 1-0 Everton

GROUP 3
Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City

Saturday 27 October fixture

GROUP 2
Tottenham 4-2 Manchester United

Monday 29 October fixtures

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal, Leigh Sports Village, 7pm
Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers, Colney Training Centre, 1pm
West Bromwich Albion v Reading, The Hawthorns, 2pm

GROUP 2
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Nantwich Town, 7.30pm

GROUP 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham AFC Telford United, 7pm

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

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

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Key Points

  • Tottenham beat Man Utd 4-2 to end opponents' unbeaten start to season
  • West Ham stretch winning run to five Barclays Under-21 Premier League matches
  • Manchester City held to a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough