Tuesday 18 September 2012
Tottenham Hotspur’s U21s secured their first win in the Barclays U21 Premier League in style, beating Stoke City 7-2 at Hotspur Way. Midfielder Ryan Mason hit a hat-trick in the Group 2 match, leaving Stoke still seeking their first point after four games.
The visiting side took the lead through Jordan Keane but Mason soon equalised and within minutes Spurs were 3-1 up through Yago Falque and Jonathan Obika. Full-back Nathan Byrne curled in a fourth midway through the first half before Stoke pulled a goal back through Lucas Dawson. Mason restored the three-goal cushion with his second shortly before the break.
It took 15 minutes after half-time before another goal was scored, this time from Dean Parrett to make it 6-2 and Mason earned his hat-trick with a penalty 15 minutes from time after Adam Smith was fouled. (Full report here)
A late goal from Norwich City's Jacob Murphy ended Arsenal's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season at Underhill.
Arsenal took the lead when Sanchez Watt poked home after a corner was headed on in the 27th minute. Norwich fought back and eventually levelled when Murphy picked up a blocked clearance to beat Damien Martinez with only six minutes remaining. (Full report here)
Fulham earned their first points of the season in Group 3 as they were held by Middlesbrough at Motspur Park. Kit Symons, the Fulham U21 manager, felt that his side were the better team but could not provide a finishing touch.
"We're pleased to get a point and a clean sheet but slightly disappointed as it's a game we feel we should have won," he told the club's website. "If we'd have that little bit of extra care then we would have had the three points."
Also in Group 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers went top after beating Crystal Palace at AFC Telford United's ground. All the goals came in a 10-minute spell before half-time, with Frank Nouble and Jack Price giving the home side a two-goal lead.
Ibra Sekajja halved the deficit for Palace but shortly afterwards Palace goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons was unable to prevent Nouble's cross from going into his net. (Full report here)
At the Sports Direct Arena on Wednesday evening, Newcastle United host Sunderland. Entry is free to season ticket-holders and members, tickets are £3 for adults, £1 concessions and entry is via the East Stand turnstiles. More information here
Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bolton Wanderers, Ewood Park
Reading 1-1 Everton, Hogwood Park
Newcastle United 0-1 Southampton, Northumberland FA
Chelsea 1-4 Liverpool, Brentford FC
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 West Ham United, The Hawthorns (2pm)
Arsenal 1-1 Norwich City, Barnet FC
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Stoke City, Hotspur Way
Fulham 0-0 Middlesbrough, Motspur Park
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Crystal Palace, AFC Telford United
Newcastle United v Sunderland, Sports Direct Arena (7pm) Ticket info here
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