Tuesday 05 November 2013
Fulham closed the gap on Barclays Under-21 Premier League leaders West Ham United to two points after their victory over Bolton Wanderers combined with West Ham's draw with Chelsea in the latest round of fixtures in the competition.
Jacob Blyth scored the winner as Leicester City secured their third win of the campaign with victory at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes hit the crossbar twice in the first half, through Michael Cain and Ryan Watson, and they took the lead with 20 minutes to go when Blyth pounced on a loose ball to power home from six yards. Dean Rittenburg went close to extending the lead but his shot was tipped on to a post by goalkeeper Conrad Logan, while Ryan Edwards had the best chance for Rovers but his 25-yard free-kick in the second half rose over the bar.
Callum Robinson's hat-trick gave his side a comprehensive victory at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. The home side had to come from behind after Newcastle's Adam Armstrong chipped the ball over Benjamin Siegrist with four minutes gone but the scores were level three minutes later, Robinson scoring his first with a low shot into the corner.
Villa took the lead just before the break when Liam Bateman's cross was sliced into his own net by James Morgan and they extended the lead through Daniel Johnson’s penalty after Jordan Graham had been fouled in the area. The Magpies pulled a goal back when Haris Vuckic's cross found its way into the net but two quickfire goals from Robinson put the contest beyond doubt, while he also set up Johnson for the sixth.
High flying Sunderland suffered their second defeat of the campaign at the hand of the Baggies at the Eppleton Collery Welfare Ground. Mani O'Sullivan put West Brom ahead when he smashed home Cameron Gayle's cut-back but Sunderland went close through Charis Mavrias before they equalised with Liam Agnew's penalty on 30 minutes. O'Sullivan scored his second just after the hour when he slotted in from Daniel Barrow's through-ball and despite a Sunderland onslaught in the closing stages, West Brom hung on for three points.
Fulham extended their unbeaten run to nine matches in overcoming Bolton Wanderers at the County Ground. Moussa Dembele and Buomesca Tue Na Bangna had chances for Fulham in the opening period before the two combined for Dembele to give the visitors the lead in the second half. Na Bangna's fierce drive put Fulham 2-0 up before Dembele added the third, while Bolton Wanderers claimed a late goal through Georg Iliev but it was not enough to prevent them suffering their first home League defeat of the season.
"We deserved the win; we played some excellent football at times," Under-21 Manager Symons told Fulham's website. "Bolton had done their homework and at times they made it difficult - particularly in the first half. We created chances, but were probably lacking a bit of care in front of goal.
"In the second half we were a lot more clinical and if anything we should have maybe had two or three more. It was disappointing to concede a late goal, but on the whole this was a fantastic performance by the boys."
Liverpool hung on to claim victory in a seven-goal thriller at Hartlepool's Victoria Park on Monday night. The visitors had an explosive start to the match and were 3-0 ahead after only 25 minutes through Craig Roddan, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Jordan Rossiter, who scored his first goal for the Under-21s. But Middlesbrough responded well in the second period and pulled a goal back through Jacob Butterfield's 30-yard strike, only for Teixeira to restore Liverpool's three-goal cushion with his fourth goal in three matches. Back came Boro straight from the kick-off, however. Emmanuel Ledesma fired in from outside the area while on 65 minutes. Seb Hines's glancing header gave the hosts hope of a comeback but Liverpool held on for the win.
Nathan Ake scored an added-time equaliser as the Blues staged a spirited fightback to draw a six-goal thriller at Aldershot on Friday night. The table-topping Hammers had raced into a two-goal lead thanks to first-half efforts by Pelly Ruddock and Matthias Fanimo. The visitors almost extended their lead further when Kieran Sadlier's free-kick clipped a post but the Blues reduced the arrears when Lewis Baker finished from close range after Billy Clifford had struck an upright.
In an open second half with chances for both sides the hosts levelled when Islam Feruz's shot was parried by Raphael Spiegel to John Swift who scored his fourth goal of the season. West Ham thought they had produced a spectacular winner when Blair Turgott let fly from 25 yards, but Ake pounced at the death, reacting first to Clifford's thunderous strike as it crashed back off the bar.
John Guidetti made his comeback from injury as Patrick Vieira's side earned a comfortable victory over Norwich at Carrow Road. Two goals by Seko Fofana sandwiched Jordy Huwula's as City collected their first away victory of the season. Moments after seeing his long shot saved by Norwich goalkeeper Remi Matthews, Fofana latched on to Sinan Bytyqi's pass to earn the hosts an early lead. The advantage was doubled in the second half when Huwula connected with Greg Leigh's cross six minutes after coming on as substitute. Although Norwich twice came close to scoring, City made it 3-0 when Fofana skipped past his marker before stroking the ball into the back of the net.
Friday, 1 November
Chelsea (Baker, Swift, Ake) 3-3 West Ham United (Ruddock, Fanimo, Turgott)
Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City (Fofana 2, Huwula)
Monday, 4 November
Aston Villa (Robinson 3, Morgan og, Johnson 2) 6-2 Newcastle United (Armstrong, Vuckic)
Bolton Wanderers (Iliev) 1-3 Fulham (Dembele 2, Na Bangna)
Leicester City (Blyth) 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Middlesbrough (Butterfield, Ledesma, Hines) 3-4 Liverpool (Roddan, Teixeira 2, Rossiter)
Southampton P-P Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunderland (Agnew) 1-2 West Bromwich Albion (O'Sullivan 2)
Tottenham Hotspur P-P Reading
Friday, 8 November, 2013
Manchester United v Stoke City, Altrincham FC