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Monday 07 April 2014

Barclays U21s: Quick-fire Liverpool move into top spot

Liverpool hit three goals in four minutes to defeat Norwich while Chelsea overcome Stoke

  • Jack Dunn rounds the goalkeeper for Liverpool's first goal against Norwich City

  • Kristoffer Peterson scored two goals to seal victory for the Reds

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City

Liverpool moved to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table with the help of three goals in four second-half minutes against Norwich City at Anfield on Friday.

The Reds took the lead on 23 minutes when Jordan Williams fired home from distance but Norwich were level just after the break thanks to Josh Murphy's deflected strike.

It looked as if the match would end in stalemate but Liverpool took control with little over 10 minutes to go. Jack Dunn put the hosts back in front when he latched on to Kristoffer Peterson's through-ball before rounding the goalkeeper and scoring. Peterson added a third a minute later with a powerful shot on the turn before wrapping up the win by scoring from Jordan Lussey’s cross.

Liverpool have 38 points after 19 matches and are leading the table on goal difference from Fulham.

Liverpool report | Norwich City report

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Fulham

Fulham failed to guarantee a place in the top-four play-offs as they were defeated at the Hawthorns in their final match of the regular season.

Kemar Roofe put the hosts ahead midway through the first half with a close-range finish but the match was all square thanks to Chris David's well-taken free-kick.

But Donervorn Daniels scored the winner from Roofe’s corner to leave Fulham on 38 points from their 21 matches. It means that the Cottagers, who are currently in second, face an anxious wait as there are numerous teams below them who have matches in hand.

"It was obviously a disappointing result," U21 manager Kit Symons told the club website. "We didn't play well at all in the first half - we weren’t at the races. We were much better in the second half.

"It's out of our hands now and perhaps looking unlikely because a lot of teams below us have quite a few games in hand."

West Bromwich Albion report | Fulham report

Stoke City 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea maintained their bid to finish top of the table at the end of the regular season with a convincing victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Andreas Christensen broke the deadlock with a header after five minutes while Alex Kiwomya ran clear of the Stoke defence and rounded the goalkeeper for his 10th goal of the campaign on the hour. Lewis Baker sealed victory in stoppage time with a powerful drive from Fankaty Dabo's pass.

The win moved Chelsea up to fourth in the league table, three points behind leaders Liverpool but with two matches in hand. The Blues host Liverpool at Aldershot FC on Monday night, with admission free to all. Kick-off is at 7.05pm.

Stoke City report | Chelsea report

Top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table

CLUB

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Liverpool

19

12

2

5

53

29

24

38

Fulham

21

11

5

5

38

30

8

38

Southampton

21

11

3

7

35

30

5

36

Chelsea

17

10

5

2

39

20

19

35

Man City

17

11

1

5

43

21

22

34

Sunderland

19

9

5

5

35

30

5

32

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

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results

4 April
Liverpool (Williams, Dunn, Peterson 2) 4-1 Norwich City (Murphy)
Stoke City 0-3 Chelsea (Christensen, Kiwomya, Baker)

6 April
West Bromwich Albion (Roofe, Daniels) 2-1 Fulham (David)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

7 April
7pm Arsenal v Manchester City, Boreham Wood FC
7pm Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leigh Sports Village
7pm Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United, Lancashire FA
7pm Manchester United v Aston Villa, Old Trafford
7pm Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, Stadium of Light
7.05pm Chelsea v Liverpool, Aldershot Town FC

9 April
7pm Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium

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

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Key Points

  • Liverpool leave it late to defeat Norwich City at Anfield
  • Victory puts Reds top of the table with two matches left to play this season
  • Chelsea move up to fourth after recording 3-0 win over Stoke City