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Saturday 22 September 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: West Ham stun Arsenal

West Ham trounce Arsenal 4-1; Norwich beat West Brom; Selhurst Park hosts Chelsea on Monday

West Ham United's Daniel Potts scored from a corner in the 4-1 defeat of Arsenal

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

The top of Group 1 of the Barclays U21 Premier League got congested last night after Norwich City beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and West Ham United eased past Arsenal 4-1 to leave three teams on 10 points.

Norwich City 1-0 West Brom

Jacob Murphy scored the only goal of the game for Norwich after 28 minutes of a tight encounter at the East Anglia side’s Colney training ground with the Canaries goalkeeper Jed Steer preventing West Brom from an equaliser on a number of occasions.

“We didn’t pass it as well as we can, but we showed character to hold on to it,” Development squad manager Scott Marshall told the Norwich City website.

West Brom development coach David Oldfield told his club’s website: “Our application and overall play was much better and their goalkeeper made two or three good saves - but we also missed a number of chances. We need to start taking these chances if we are to get the results we deserve because we should have won.”

West Ham 4-1 Arsenal

While West Brom remained on five points from five matches, Norwich moved level with West Ham and Arsenal at the top after the latter had the unbeaten start ended in emphatic style by the East London side.

More than 700 people were at Rush Green to see West Ham come from behind. Elton Monteiro headed Arsenal into a fifth-minute lead but ten minutes later the home side were in front.

Rob Hall and Matthias Fanimo each scored and West Ham doubled their lead on the hour after Dan Potts scored from a corner. Blair Turgott made the game safe with two minutes remaining. (Full reports from West Ham and Arsenal)

Norwich and West Ham next meet on Friday at Rush Green.

On Monday Reading can also join West Ham, Norwich and Arsenal on 10 points when they take on sixth-placed Bolton Wanderers at Lancashire FA.

Watch Everton's rising stars

Also in Group 1 and at the same 7pm kick-off time, Everton are targeting a first victory of the campaign that will enable them to leapfrog hosts Blackburn Rovers. Tickets for the Leigh Village encounter cost £4 adults, £2 under-16s and senior citizens and are free for season-ticket season holders.

Meanwhile, Group 2 leaders Southampton will be striving to protect their unbeaten home record against Tottenham Hotspur. Last week Martin Hunter's charges, for whom midfielder Jack Cork made a returning appearance from injury, managed a 1-0 victory at Newcastle thanks to Sam McQueen's strike.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are in search of their first win of the campaign against Aston Villa at the Academy of Light. Although they remain winless Kevin Ball's side have scored twice in each of their matches to date.

With Liverpool not in action on Monday, Wolverhampton Wanderers will assume the lead of Group 3 if they beat Middlesbrough.

Manchester City can also bridge the three-point gap on the Reds, and with the likes of Scott Sinclair a regular in their number, they will fancy their chances of overcoming faltering Fulham at Motspur Park, where entry to the game is free to season ticket-holders. Non-season ticket-holder prices are £3 for adults and £1 for juniors. 

Across town at Selhurst Park a large crowd can be expected for the visit of Chelsea, who fielded Marko Marin in their most recent match against Liverpool.

Over 1,500 people flocked to the ground for Crystal Palace's defeat by Liverpool in August and a similar number is anticipated on Monday night. Tickets for this capital city derby cost £5 for adults (£8 on match day) and £1 for concessions.

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

Friday, September 21st

GROUP 1
West Ham United 4-1 Arsenal, Rush Green Road
Norwich City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion, Colney Training Centre

Monday, September 24th

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, Leigh Sports Village (7pm)
Bolton Wanderers v Reading, Lancashire FA (7pm)

GROUP 2
Sunderland v Aston Villa, Academy of Light (2pm)
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, Staplewood TG (7pm)

GROUP 3
Fulham v Manchester City, Motspur Park (2pm)
Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rockliffe Park (4pm)
Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Selhurst Park (7pm) Ticket info

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Key Points

  • Arsenal lose their unbeaten record as West Ham United hit four at Rush Green
  • Norwich City edge victory against West Bromwich Albion to leave three Group 1 teams on 10 points
  • Selhurst Park opens its doors to Crystal Palace-Chelsea on Monday