Monday 12 August 2013
Two goals from Cauley Woodrow gave Fulham victory in their opening Barclays Under-21 Premier League contest at Hyde FC.
City, watched by first-team manager Manuel Pellegrini, made the early running with Albert Rusnak, Marcos Lopes and Jordy Hiwula having chances while Seko Fofana hit a post. City took the lead on 31 minutes when Hiwula slotted past Neil Etheridge in the Fulham goal after a driving run from Fofana.
Woodrow, who captained Fulham to victory in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League last season, pulled a goal back on the hour with a low strike before adding the second 13 minutes later with a header into the top corner.
"We're pleased with the win, it's always good to open the season with three points," Fulham Under-21 manager Kit Symons told the club's website. "We didn't play particularly well in the first-half, and probably gave City too much respect at times. They created a few chances and went in front.
"I had a chat with the boys at the break, and talked two or three things through with them. Again, they showed great character to turn it around and in the second-half they played much better. There was a lot more urgency and energy to their play and in the end, for me, we were worthy winners."
Last year's semi-finalists Everton open their campaign on a busy Monday of action which features a total of eight matches.
The Toffees, led by coach Alan Stubbs, travel to Telford for their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the New Bucks Head Stadium.
Everton put together a 16-match unbeaten last season before losing to Tottenham Hotspur in the play-off semi-finals and Stubbs is hoping his side can match the standards they set last year.
"All the matches seemed to be tough. You see from last year that the standard has risen and it will be no different," he told the club's website. "We'll go there and, as always, we'll concentrate on what we do rather than what the other teams do. We’ll go there, know our job and know what is expected of us.
"If we can have anything like the level we had last season with our performances and results then we will be very happy."
See below for the full list of Monday fixtures.
Chelsea (McEachran, Brown) 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Falque 2, Kane, Coulthirst)
Manchester City (Hiwula) 1-2 Fulham (Woodrow 2)
Liverpool v Southampton, The Academy, 2pm
Middlesbrough v Leicester City, Hartlepool FC, 7pm
Norwich City v Stoke City, Colney Training Centre, 2pm
Reading v Newcastle United, Madejski Stadium, 7pm
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers, Academy of Light, 2pm
West Bromwich Albion v Blackburn Rovers, WBAFC Training Ground, 3pm
West Ham United v Aston Villa, Rush Green, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton, AFC Telford United, 7pm
You can follow developments in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League throughout the season on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL