Monday 21 October 2013
There were goals aplenty in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League over the weekend as West Bromwich Albion stunned Liverpool in a six-goal thriller at The Hawthorns, while there were four-goal affairs at both the Stadium of Light and Craven Cottage.
Kemar Roofe was the star of the show as West Brom continued their free-scoring ways to sink Liverpool at The Hawthorns on Sunday. Having been involved in 4-3 score-lines in each of their last two matches the suspicion was the goals would again flow as West Brom opened the doors of their main stadium to host a Liverpool side who beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 last time out.
And the match did not disappoint the hundreds present as the Baggies responded well to falling behind to Joao Teixeira’s 10th-minute opener. Within four minutes the hosts were level as Matej Vydra raced on to George Thorne’s through ball and rounded Dan Ward to score. The 21-year-old almost doubled his tally moments later when he crashed a shot off the bar but Albion were soon ahead when Thorne unleashed a 20-yarder with his right foot. Roofe then collected his first goal of the day when he curled in a right-footed shot on 25 minutes.
Though Liverpool pulled a goal back late in the first half when Rafael Paez connected with Adam Morgan's free-kick, and the Reds poured forward in a breathless second half in which Cameron Brannagan twice went close and Luke Daniels was required to make several saves, Roofe settled the contest five minutes from time with a penalty following a foul on Vydra by Paez.
Duncan Watmore scored twice to take Sunderland top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table as The Stadium of Light staged a 2-2 draw between the Black Cats and Chelsea.
The hosts, for whom Wes Brown made a 90-minute appearance, took the lead after just five minutes when a fine team move culminated in Liam Marrs cutting the ball back for Watmore to open the scoring. The Blues were level just four minutes later when Islam Feruz closed down a short back pass and beat Joel Dixon from close range.
Dixon was called upon to make two further saves but was helpless to deny Alex Kiwomya after the Chelsea striker drove in a wonderful 25-yard strike midway through the second half. However, the Black Cats showed why they remain unbeaten this season by equalising within five minutes, Watmore racing on to Connor Wickham’s lob to beat Bradley Collins.
Newcastle United twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at Craven Cottage after Moussa Dembele had struck twice for the home side.
The Magpies, who lost 4-3 against West Brom last time out, cancelled out the former Paris Saint-Germain starlet’s double through Adam Campbell and Haris Vuckic.
Dembele gave his side the lead with a fine finish on the spin midway through the first half, while Campbell's equaliser came four minutes after the interval following a miss moments earlier by Demebele when he lost his footing with the goal at his mercy. The 17-year-old Frenchman soon made amends, however, displaying great elegance and presence of mind to flick the ball in for his second, only for the visitors to equalise within a minute, Vuckic's header earning the Magpies, for whom Gael Bigirimana and Massadio Haidara were selected, a hard-earned point.
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Stoke sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Reading at the Weaver Stadium as Brek Shea scored for the home side before being sent off late in the match.
First-half goals from Shea and Adam Thomas were enough to seal victory for the Potters whose victory was marred slightly by the added-time dismissal of the United States international for an off-the-ball incident.
Among Monday's fixtures Goodison Park is opening its doors for Everton v Manchester United, which is free entry for all supporters. at the Gwladys Street End.
"The fact the club are opening up the Gwladys Street End gives the players a real sense of what it's like in a real game"
"I think from the fans' point of view, it's great that they're allowed to come in for nothing," Everton Under-21's manager Alan Stubbs told evertontv. "As a kid, the Gwladys was where I always wanted to be. It was famous for where all the chanting used to be and you used to see the rush of fans going down to the goal when we scored.
"The fact the club are opening it up, hopefully it's busy and it gives the players a real sense of what it's like in a real game, because that's ultimately what they're trying to achieve."
Friday, 18 October
Fulham (Dembele 2) 2-2 Newcastle United (Campbell, Vuckic)
Stoke City (Shea, Thomas) 2-0 Reading
Saturday, 19 October
Sunderland (Watmore 2) 2-2 Chelsea (Feruz, Kiwomya)
Sunday, 20 October, 2013
West Bromwich Albion (Vydra, Thorne, Roofe 2) 4-2 Liverpool (Teixeira, Paez)
Monday, 21 October, 2013
Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park
Norwich City v Middlesbrough, TBC, 2pm
Southampton v Blackburn Rovers, Staplewood Training Ground
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, 1pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United, AFC Telford United