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Tuesday 14 January 2014

Barclays U21s: Man Utd come from behind to climb table

Bolton win at Leicester; Sunderland held by Stoke; Southampton beaten by Manchester United

Southampton and Manchester United took part in a close contest. Credit: Southampton FC

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

Manchester United came from behind to win at Southampton and climb five places in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Southampton had taken an early lead at Staplewood through Omar Rowe's opener but Jesse Lingard equalised before half-time and Larnell Cole scored a second-half winner for United.

Southampton welcomed winger Sam McQueen back into the side after nine months out through injury while the visitors named five players who have returned to the club from loan spells elsewhere.

The home side made a lively start and went ahead after 15 minutes when Rowe beat Sam Johnstone in the United goal. Jack Stephens and Lloyd Isgrove came close to doubling the Saints' lead before Lingard, an unused substitute in the first-team’s victory against Swansea City on Sunday, found the top corner with a stunning 25-yard strike.

Cole handed United the lead five minutes into the second half with a smart finish from Davide Petrucci's cross. Lingard was denied his second of the game by a superb save from Saints goalkeeper Cody Cropper while Sam Gallager’s glancing header went agonisingly wide as the home side pushed for an equaliser.

United are now ninth in the table on 15 with matches in hand of those above them, including seventh-placed Southampton, who are point above their conquerors.

Southampton report | Manchester United report

Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City

Sunderland moved up to second in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table but missed the opportunity to move within two points of leaders Fulham after being held to a draw by Stoke City on Monday.

Craig Lynch put the Black Cats ahead after only 40 seconds at Eppleton CW when he latched on to George Honeyman's pass before dinking the ball over the on-rushing Stoke goalkeeper, Daniel Bachmann. It was Lynch's third goal in five appearances.

Stoke were on level terms just five minutes later, James Alabi chipping into the bottom corner from close range for his fourth goal of the season.

David Moberg Karlsson came on for the hosts as a second-half substitute and forced a save from Bachmann while El-Hadji Ba volleyed wide as both sides were forced tosettle for a draw.

The point moves Sunderland above West Ham United into second place in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League but is not enough to go within touching distance of Fulham, who remain four points clear at the top of the table.

Sunderland report | Stoke report

Leicester City 0-4 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers climbed four places in the table with a comfortable victory over Leicester City at Belvoir Drive.

Leicester’s Conrad Logan, Martyn Waghorn and Zoumana Bakayogo all played 90 minutes but striker Chris Wood was forced to pull out with a tight hamstring during the warm-up. Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan played the entire game on his comeback from a serious knee injury.

Conor Wilkinson put the visitors ahead early on after some tidy build-up play from Tom Youngs and Zach Clough, with the former making it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 17 minutes after he was fouled in the area.

Harry Panayiotou hit the bar for the hosts but Clough made it 3-0 on 36 minutes when he picked up Youngs' pass and finished calmly after an impressive solo run.

Leicester improved after the break and Martyn Waghorn had a curling shot saved by Bogdan but Wanderers had the final say when Youngs lofted the ball over the goalkeeper with the final kick of the match.

The win moves Bolton up to 11th, three points above Leicester.

Leicester report | Bolton report

The fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United has been rescheduled for midday on Tuesday 14 January at Spurs' Traning Centre due to the condition of the pitch at Bishops Stortford on Monday night.

Under-21 Premier League results

Leicester 0-4 Bolton (Wilkinson, Youngs 2, Clough)
Sunderland (Lynch) 1-1 Stoke City (Alabi)
Southampton (Rowe) 1-2 Manchester United (Lingard, Cole)

Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Tuesday 14 January
Spurs v Newcastle, 12pm, Woodside Park

Wednesday 15 January
Middlesbrough v Arsenal, 12pm, Rockliffe Park

Friday 17 January
Stoke v Spurs, 1pm, Clayton Wood

Under-21 Premier League Cup fifth-round fixture

Thursday 16 January
Reading v Watford, 7pm, Basingstoke Town FC Ticket details

Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.

To discover all Under-21 Premier League Cup results to date, click here.

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

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