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Tuesday 01 April 2014

Barclays U21s: Arsenal sunk by Bolton

Gunners succumb after taking lead at Bolton while in-form Leicester creep into play-off contention

  • Arsenal's Thomas Eisfeld gave his side the lead but the Gunners lost 2-1 at Bolton

  • Callum Robinson scored twice for Aston Villa. Photo: Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC

  • Ryan Watson clears the ball as Leicester beat Wolves at Molineux. Photo: Wolves FC/AMA

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Arsenal

Andy Kellett's late strike earned Bolton Wanderers all three points as they came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the County Ground.

The Gunners had broken the deadlock shortly after the hour mark through Thomas Eisfeld, but the Whites were soon back on level terms through Chris Lester who fired home from close range.

Not satisfied with just a point, Bolton completed the comeback with five minutes remaining as Andy Kellett breezed past the Arsenal defence before drilling in the winner that takes the Whites up to 14th place, two points above the north Londoners.

Everton 3-1 Southampton

Southampton’s hopes of finishing in the play-off places suffered a setback as Everton came from behind to claim all three points with the help of two penalties by Luke Garbutt at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Monday night.

Saints appeared on course to go top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League when they took a third-minute lead through Ryan Seager and the visitors were unlucky not to double their lead when Sam Gallagher crashed s drive off the crossbar.

However, the Blues were on level terms when Chris Long pounced and built on that platform after goalkeeper Mateusz Taudul saved Jake Sinclair’s penalty. Shortly after the interval Luke Garbutt struck twice with two converted spot-kicks. Martin Hunter’s side remain in fourth place, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Callum Robinson scored twice, including a last-minute winner, to give Aston Villa the edge over local rivals West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park.

Robinson made a breakthrough on 71 minutes, showing exactly why first-team manager Paul Lambert has called him into the senior squad for the last three Barclays Premier League matches.

The Baggies hit back late on through Alex Jones but there was still time for Robinson to find a winning strike, take his goal tally for the season into double figures and lift his team up to 10th place. Six points above West Brom.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Leicester City

Harry Panayiotou's second-half strike handed Leicester City a vital victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday night.  

The young striker was quickest to react when Jon Flatt saved Michael Cain’s initial effort to earn the Foxes a fifth straight league Barclays Under-21 Premier League win, and one which sees them leapfrog Manchester United into eighth position, three points off the play-off places, with just three matches of the season remaining. 

Newcastle United 2-4 Stoke City

Stoke put four goals past Newcastle United on Monday afternoon as they recorded their first victory in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League since the beginning of February.

In a topsy-turvy encounter at the Magpies’ training ground, strikes from James Alabi, Charlie Ward, Derice Richards and an own goal by Olivier Kemen secured City all three points after being pegged back to 2-2 on the stroke of half time, through goals by England Under-18 striker Alex Gillead and Kemen.

The Potters’ third away win of the season, takes them above Arsenal and West Brom into 15th place, and sets them up nicely for their final match of the campaign on Friday evening when they welcome Chelsea to the Britannia Stadium.

Top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table

CLUB

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Liverpool

17

11

2

4

48

26

22

35

Fulham

19

10

5

4

35

27

8

35

Man City

17

11

1

5

43

21

22

34

Southampton

20

10

3

7

32

28

4

33

Chelsea

16

9

5

2

36

20

16

32

Sunderland

18

9

4

5

34

29

5

31

Find out the full Barclays U21 Premier League fixture list here and view the table here.

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results

31 March
Aston Villa (Robinson 2) 2-1 West Bromwich Albion (Jones)
Bolton Wanderers (Lester, Kellett) 2-1 Arsenal (Eisfeld)
Everton (Long, Garbutt 2) 3-1 Southampton (Seager)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Leicester City (Panayiotou)
Newcastle United (Gillead, Kemen) 2-4 Stoke City (Alabi, Ward, Richards, Kemen og)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

1 April
2pm Fulham v Liverpool, Craven Cottage

3 April
2pm Southampton v Newcastle, St Mary's Stadium
7pm Reading v Sunderland, The Camrose
7pm Everton v Arsenal, Haig Avenue

4 April
7pm Stoke v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium
7pm Liverpool v Norwich, Anfield

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

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