Saturday 01 March 2014
A late free-kick from Matt Targett earned Southampton victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The three points lifted Southampton eighth in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table with 23 points from 15 matches.
Targett celebrated being one of four Southampton players called up for England Under-19s’ friendly against Turkey next Wednesday.
In a tight encounter of not many chances at Saints’ Staplewood training ground, the best fell to Southampton midway through the first half, when Spurs’ Kevin Stewart was penalised for handball in the penalty area. But Jake Sinclair’s penalty kick was tipped on to a post by Jordan Archer.
The decisive goal came 10 minutes before the end when Targett’s attempt from a dead ball took a deflection to send it past Archer in the Spurs goal.
Fulham missed an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points when they were held by Stoke at Clayton Wood training ground.
The home side dominated the first half and had a header from Alex Grant cleared off the line in the opening quarter of an hour. Fulham improved after the break but were indebted to goalkeeper Marek Rodàk who tipped Grant’s late shot on to a post. Fulham manager Kit Symons was disappointed by his side but was heartened by their second half.
“It wasn’t our best performance by a long stretch and the overall feeling was of disappointment because we didn’t play well,” he told the Fulham website. “But they stuck at it and the second half was much better. We got a point and a clean sheet so there are always positives and some of the young boys did really well.”
The Black Country derby due to be held on Sunday between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The Hawthorns has been moved to Ricoh Arena and will take place on Monday 3 March, with a 7pm kick-off. Admission is £5/£1 and free for West Brom season ticket-holders.
Friday 28 February
Stoke City 0-0 Fulham
Southampton (Targett) 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Monday 3 March
*7pm unless specified
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United, Ewood Park
Bolton Wanderers v Everton, Reebok Stadium
Liverpool v Reading, Langtree Park
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa, Riverside Stadium
West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ricoh Arena
Find out the full Barclays U21 Premier League fixture list here and view the table here.