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Tuesday 25 September 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Chelsea held at Palace

Crystal Palace and Chelsea share 2-2 draw; Everton and Fulham secure first wins

  • Fulham's Giorgos Karagounis (left) in action against Manchester City at Motspur Park

  • George Saville (left) celebrates one of his two goals for Chelsea against Crystal Palace

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

Chelsea had to twice come from behind in order to salvage a 2-2 draw in a pulsating Group 3 London derby against Crystal Palace.

The crowd that braved a cold and windy night at Selhurst Park witnessed Stuart O'Keefe and Jason Banton score in either half, only for the Blues to peg them back through midfielder George Saville's impressive strikes.

"It is nice to see long-range shooting because we do play it intricately around the box a lot"
Dermot Drummy

"We should have won the game in terms of the possession we had," Chelsea manager Dermot Drummy told Chelsea's official website. "But we didn't turn that into quality in the final third and we have to work on that.

Although frustrated by the draw Drummy's side moved level on points with third-placed Manchester City and the coach took particular comfort in the performance of his goalscorer.

"George Saville has a lovely strike on him in training and it is nice to see long-range shooting sometimes because we do play it intricately around the box a lot of the time," he said. He scored two great goals."

Chelsea match report.
Crystal Palace match report.

Wolves take Group 3 summit

Wolverhampton Wanderers took advantage of the fact Liverpool were not in action by coming from behind against Middlesbrough to record a 4-1 victory that sent them top of Group 3 at AFC Telford.

Although the home side took the lead through Matthew Dolan, Liam McAlinden levelled for Wolves on the stroke of half-time and the visiting side sealed the match with three goals in four second-half minutes from Andre Bennett, Sam Whittall and Sam Winnall. Wolves are two points clear at the top, having played a match more than second-placed Liverpool.

Middlesbrough match report.
Wolves match report.

Also in Group 3 Fulham registered their first win of the campaign with a narrow win against Manchester City at Motspur Park. Pajtim Kasami's second-half goal proved the difference between the two sides as the hosts gave Philippe Senderos and Giorgos Karagounis some valuable match time.

Full match report.

Everton off the mark

In Group 1, Everton also earned their first win of the campaign with a gritty 1-0 success at the expense of Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy's second-half header proved the difference between the two sides at the Leigh Sports Village and took Alan Stubbs' side off the foot of the Group 1 table and above their Lancashire rivals.

Blackburn Rovers match report.
Everton match report.

The remaining matches fell victim to the adverse weather conditions as Reading's Group 1 trip to Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland's Group 2 match against Aston Villa at the Academy of Light and Southampton's home encounter with Tottenham Hotspur, also in Group 2, were postponed.

In Professional Development League 2, the encounters between Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, and Nottingham Forest v Derby County also succumbed to waterlogged pitches.

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

Monday, September 24th

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton, Leigh Sports Village
Bolton Wanderers P-P Reading, Lancashire FA

GROUP 2
Sunderland P-P Aston Villa, Academy of Light
Southampton P-P Tottenham Hotspur, Staplewood TG

GROUP 3
Fulham 1-0 Manchester City, Motspur Park
Middlesbrough 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rockliffe Park
Crystal Palace 2-2 Chelsea, Selhurst Park

Friday, September 21st

GROUP 1
West Ham United 4-1 Arsenal
Norwich City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

For past results and the league tables, click here

For latest news on the Barclays U21 Premier League, click here.

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Key Points

  • Selhurst Park hosts Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw with Chelsea
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers assume the lead of Group 3 with a 4-1 win against Middlesbrough
  • Matches at Bolton, Southampton and Sunderland postponed due to heavy rain