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Wednesday 12 March 2014

Barclays U21s: Fulham extend lead at the top

Two goals from Lyle Della Verde steer Kit SYmons' team past Blackburn Rovers

  • Lyle Della Verde scored twice to set Fulham on their way to victory

  • Fulham's Josh Passley tries to find a way through Rovers

Fulham 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Fulham extended their lead at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League to four points with victory over Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park.

Kit Symons’ side had stumbled of late and this was only their second win in five matches but they got off to a great start with Lyle Della Verde opening the scoring on nine minutes. That was the only goal of the first half, and although Rovers started the brighter after the break it was Fulham who got the next goal, as Moussa Dembele scored from the penalty spot after Lasse Vigen Christensen had been fouled by Devran Green.

The home side dominated after the second goal, but it was only late on that they go the third goal. Della Verde was the scorer, sweeping home the ball from the edge of the area.

The victory took Fulham to 35 points, four clear of Liverpool in second, but Fulham have played 17 matches, two more than the Reds, and could still be caught by Chelsea, who have 28 points from 14 matches. Rovers remain bottom of the division with nine points from 16 matches.

Fulham report | Blackburn report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League result

Fulham (Della Verde 2, Dembele) 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Kick-offs 7pm unless stated

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  17 10 5 2 35 23 12    35
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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Key Points

  • Fulham extend lead at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League to four points
  • They do so through a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park
  • Lyle Della Verde scores twice while Moussa Dembele gets the other