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Tuesday 11 March 2014

Barclays U21s: Saints end City's winning streak

Saints score last-gasp winner to end 12-match winning streak for Man City

  • Man City midfielder Seko Fofana in action against Saints on Monday night

  • Tottenham Hotspur hit five past visitors West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City 1-2 Southampton

Jack Stephens scored an stoppage-time winner as Southampton came from behind to beat Manchester City in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and bring the home side's 12-match winning run to an end.

Patrick Vieira's side made the early impression at the Etihad Stadium and took the lead just before the half-hour. Devante Cole, who has scored four goals in his last five appearances, was fouled inside the penalty area by Jason McCarthy and captain Marco Lopes sent the spot-kick straight down the middle of Chris Johns's goal.

Southampton were quick to respond and almost equalised eight minutes later when Lloyd Isgrove went one-on-one with Ian Lawlor, but the City goalkeeper kept his shot out with a toe. Saints were level before the break, the visitors breaking the City offside trap before Jordan Turnbull turned Jake Sinclair's knockdown into an empty net.

City pushed for a winner in the closing stages of the second half, Seko Fofana bending a long-range effort just wide before volleying over from a corner. Then, against the run of play, Saints earned all three points when Stephens rose to head a corner past Lawlor with 92 minutes on the clock.

The result leaves City four points behind Fulham while Southampton climb up to eighth place, two points outside the top four, who will go on to a play-off at the season's end.

Manchester City report | Southampton report

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Manchester United

James Wilson scored a second-half hat-trick at Molineux as Manchester United beat Wolves to claim a fourth straight win in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

United midfielder Andreas Pereira was heavily involved in a goalless first half, the Belgian-born teenager missing an open goal and forcing a fine save out of Jonathan Flatt before driving a low effort wide.

Wilson almost opened his account in the first half when his header was kept out at point blank range by the Wolves goalkeeper. But three minutes after the break the 18-year-old striker scored the first of his three goals, striking a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Anthony Forde, Robbie Parry and Jamie O’Hara were all denied by United goalkeeper  Ben Amos as Wolves searched for an equaliser but it was the visitors who scored the second goal. With 11 minutes left on the clock, Ben Pearson found Wilson inside the area and the forward converted his effort from near the penalty spot. Wilson completed his hat-trick five minutes later when he latched on to Saidy Janko’s cut-back and beat Flatt with a powerful finish.

United are now one of four teams level on 28 points in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League's top six, while Wolves stay in 20th, five points adrift of the midway cut-off point for next season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers report | Manchester United report

Aston Villa 3-4 Leicester City

Leicester City secured their third straight Barclays Under-21 Premier League win but had to survive a late scare from Aston Villa in a seven-goal thriller at the Pirelli Stadium.

The visitors dominated the first half and took the lead through Harry Panayiotou after 20 minutes when he converted Callum Elder's long throw at the near post. But Villa were handed an opportunity to pull level from the penalty spot when Khalid Abdo showed quick feet and was fouled by George Taft. Graham Burke sent goalkeeper Adam Smith the wrong way from 12 yards.

Leicester restored their lead just before the break when Jacob Blyth headed in Michael Cain's corner and the duo combined again 10 minutes after the restart, Blyth's low shot blocked into the path of Cain, who forced a shot through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net.

Kieran Kennedy converted Cain's cross to leave Leicester seemingly cruising at 4-1 but substitute Thomas Strain pulled a goal back for Villa, before a shot-cum-cross by Jordan Graham fooled Smith to leave only one goal separating the teams.

Leicester hung on to move up to ninth in the table, four points and three places above Aston Villa.

Aston Villa report | Leicester City report

Norwich City 3-0 Sunderland

Jamar Loza scored after just 14 seconds as Norwich recorded victory over play-off contenders Sunderland under the Carrow Road floodlights.

The 19-year-old  striker only returned to Norwich on Monday after a loan spell with Leyton Orient and Loza made an immediate impact as he burst through the Sunderland defence and slotted past goalkeeper Joel Dixon almost straight from kick-off.

England Under-19 forward Josh Murphy doubled the Canaries's lead 15 mintues after Loza's opener when he latched on to a pass from his twin brother, Jacob, and beat Dixon with a powerful strike.

Sunderland missed a chance to pull a goal back with the score at 2-0 when Jordan Laidler was denied from the penalty spot by experienced goalkeeper Carlo Nash, after Carl Lawson had been brought down by Cameron Norman. The miss was punished in second-half stoppage time when Josh Murphy wrapped up the win with a composed finish.

Norwich City report | Sunderland report

Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 West Bromwich Albion

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat West Brom at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre to end a run of five matches without a win in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Spurs opened the scoring on 10 minutes from an indirect free-kick in the penalty area after Luke Daniels, the West Brom goalkeeper, had caught what was judged to be a back-pass. Although he denied first Kane and then Alex McQueen, Daniels was unable to stop Kenny McEvoy turning in the rebound at the third attempt.

McEvoy turned provider five minutes later when his cut-back found Connor Ogilvie who converted from inside the penalty area and the third goal arrived just after the half-hour, Kane finishing into the far corner after good work by Milos Veljkovic.

West Brom quickly pulled a goal back as Mekar Roofe spun his marker and found the back of the net from 18 yards but Spurs immediately restored their three-goal lead when Kane turned in Shaq Coulthirst's cross.

Midway through the second half Roofe got his name on the scoresheet again for the Baggies when his low shot from distance took a deflection and wrong-footed Spurs goalkeeper Luke McGee. But it was the home side who had the final say as Coulthirst expertly brought down Oglivie's throw-in and sent a thumping shot into the far corner from 20 yards.

The three points move Spurs up to 16th in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table following their five-match run without a win, climbing above West Brom on goal difference.

Tottenham Hotspur report | West Bromwich Albion report N/A

Reading 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Reading continued to close in on the top half of the table with a win over Bolton in Basingstoke.

The visitors made the stronger start with Oscar Threlkeld sending a diving header wide but the Royals took the lead against the run of play from the penalty spot. Andy Kellett brought down De'Jaune Taylor-Crossdale inside the area, the forward taking the spot-kick himself and beating goalkeeper Harry Campbell.

Bolton equalised just before the break when Luke Woodland's 30-yard strike flew into the top corner, giving Stuart Moore no chance in the Reading goal, and the away side stepped up the pressure in the second half.

However it was Reading who took the lead again and wrapped up the win with a late flurry of goals. Taylor-Crosslade scored his second of the game to restore their lead before Shepperd Murombedzi added a third and Jake Cooper's volley put the match betyond doubt.

It is a fourth win in five league matches for Reading, who are now one point behind mid-table occupants Bolton with a match in hand.

Reading report N/A | Bolton Wanderers report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results

Manchester City (Lopes) 1-2 Southampton (Turnbull, Stephens)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Manchester United (Wilson x3)
Aston Villa (Burke, Strain, Graham) 3-4 Leicester City (Panayiotou x2, Blyth, Kennedy)
Norwich City (Loza, Josh Murphy x2) 3-0 Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur (McEvoy, Oglivie, Kane x2, Coulthirst) 5-2 West Brom (Roofe x2)
Reading (Taylor-Crossdale x2, Murombedzi, Cooper) 4-1 Bolton Wanderers (Moore)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Kick-offs 7pm unless stated

11 March
Fulham v Blackburn Rovers, Motspur Park

14 March
Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Steplewood Training Ground
Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool Academy

Barclays Under-21 Premier League top of the table

1 Fulham  16 9 5 2 32 23 9    32
2 Liverpool  15 10 1 4 42 23 19    31
3 Chelsea
14 8 4 2 35 20 15    28
4 Man City 15 9
31 19 12    28
5 Man Utd
15 8 4
13 12
6 Sunderland 16 8 4
31 23 8

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

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

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