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Tuesday 11 February 2014

Barclays U21s: Man City continue winning run to go third

Man City beat Reading for 10th straight victory, Man Utd overcome West Ham

  • Devante Cole scored a fine goal for Man City against Reading

Reading 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City moved up to third place in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table after claiming their 10th consecutive victory.

The Royals, who were on a six-match unbeaten run themselves, took the lead on 18 minutes when defender Niall Keown bundled home from a Criag Tanner corner.

But City got on level terms when Devante Cole scored with a fine individual effort before Marcos Lopes hit the winner from 20 yards out on 65 minutes.

Reading report | Manchester City report

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United

Manchester United secured victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford to move them up to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table.

The home side took the lead on 33 minutes when Guillermo Varela and Saidy Janko combined to set up Michael Keane, who fired his drive into the net.

The Hammers levelled the match eight minutes later, Elliot Lee laying off Kyle Knoyle's cross for Matthias Fanimo to drill home an unstoppable left foot shot.

But United scored the winner straight from the restart, when Andreas Pereira's curler from the edge of the area beat Raphael Spiegel in the West Ham goal.

Manchester United report | West Ham United report

Everton 2-2 Sunderland

Two goals from Adam Mitchell gave four-placed Sunderland a point as they fought back to claim a share of the spoils against Everton on Monday evening.

The home side looked to be in control of the contest as Harry Charsley scored twice in the first half, the first on five minutes with a chip into the top corner while he converted Hallam Hope's cross just before the break.

But the Black Cats hit back with Mitchell squeezing the ball home before volleying home Martin Smith's cross. Mitchell came close to winning the match in the closing stages but hit the post in injury time.

"The character we showed, not just in the sense of hard work but also in terms of quality, our passing - proper passing - I thought it was full credit to the lads," Sunderland development squad coach Kevin Ball told the club's website. "Second-half I thought we were outstanding; the tempo was lifted and we were miles better and the minimum we deserved was a draw."

Everton report | Sunderland report

Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Blackburn Rovers had to come from behind twice to claim a point against last year's finalists Tottenham Hotspur at Leigh Sports Village.

Ruben Lameiras put the visitors ahead on 39 minutes with a low drive that cannoned in off the post but the home side got back on level terms with eight minutes to play when Dean Rittenberg scored his first goal for the U21s.

Spurs thought they had sealed victory two minutes later as Shaq Coulthirst turned in Laste Dombaxe's free-kick but Rovers were not to be denied and with four minutes on the clock, Aaron Tumwa thumped the ball home from close range.

Blackburn Rovers report | Tottenham Hotspur report

Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City

Leicester City moved into the top half of the table with victory over the Magpies at Whitley Park.

Adam Dawson put the Foxes ahead just before half-time with a calm lofted finish while Michael Cain sealed victory late on when he put the finishing touch to a well-worked counter-attacking move.

"Overall I’m really pleased with how they’ve done," manager Steve Beaglehole told the club website. "It was a great team performance and the lads showed a great work ethic throughout.

"We dominated the game and created plenty of chances, but we said to the players beforehand that the goal was to win with a clean sheet, which they have done, so credit to them."

Newcastle United report | Leicester City report

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