Tuesday 08 October 2013
Liverpool moved to within three points of the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League as they put five unanswered goals past Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium and West Bromwich Albion won a seven-goal thriller at Reading.
There were five different goalscorers at St Helens's Langtree Park on Monday night as Liverpool routed Tottenham Hotspur. Alex Inglethorpe's side were in outstanding form as Adam Morgan, Cameron Brannagan and Ryan McLaughlin ensured the Reds raced into a 3-0 half-time lead. Brad Smith and Joao Carlos Teixeira then produced two stunning efforts after the break to round off an impressive night's work for the hosts.
Morgan opened the scoring in the 25th minute from 12 yards after a foul on McLaughlin by Dominic Ball resulted in a penalty. Aly Cissokho, making his first appearance for the club he joined in the summer since injuring his ankle in August, produced a slide-rule pass for Brannagan to finish coolly past Jonathan Miles. Liverpool were rampant and McLaughlin made it 3-0 after excellent approach play from Smith, who was also back from injury. The one-way-traffic continued after the break as Smith marked his first match since 14 January with a curler from the edge of the area and substitute Teixeira scored within seconds of coming on by pouncing on a defensive mix-up and producing a deft finish.
Arsenal maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on Monday. With 2, 250 people in attendance, including Arsenal's first-team manager Arsene Wenger, the Gunners came out on top thanks to goals by Ryo Miyaichi and Austin Lipman. Manager Steve Gatting made four changes to the side that shared a goalless draw with Fulham last week. Miyaichi gave the hosts the lead on 19 minutes, turning Thomas Eisfeld's corner past Jon Flatt, before the visitors levelled on the stroke of half-time when Tim Jakobsson appeared unmarked to steer Kristian Kostma's strike past Damien Martinez.
In an open second half the Gunners produced the winner as Miyaichi picked out substitute Lipman, the scorer of two goals in the 4-1 win over Napoli in the UEFA Youth League last week, to unleash a swerving 73rd-minute effort.
West Brom were on the wrong end of the same scoreline against Newcastle United last week, but this time emerged triumphant from a seven-goal thriller with Reading at Hogwood Park. Jake Taylor, fresh from a cameo performance for the first team at Burnley at the weekend, gave the Royals the lead with the first of two goals after just five minutes, while Gozie Ugwu doubled the hosts' lead three minutes later with his fifth goal of the campaign. But Albion were level midway through the half thanks to a strike by Matej Vydra and a Kemar Roofe header.
In an open half Reading again took the lead, on 27 minutes, when Taylor curled a free-kick in off a post, but, with just 10 minutes remaining, the visitors equalised again, through substitute Joe Ward, and with eight minutes later Alex Jones kept his cool to score the winner from the penalty spot.
Ibou Touray scored a last-gasp winner to earn Everton a narrow victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park and move Alan Stubbs's charges to within three points of the top. Eric Kinder's young side had battled back from going a goal down when Darragh Lenihan scored his first Rovers goal midway through the second half to cancel out Conor Grant's spectacular opening strike for the Blues. Touray had the last laugh when scrambling the ball in from a corner kick.
David Moberg Karlsson was on target as Sunderland salvaged a point against Aston Villa at Tamworth. The Black Cats deployed a strong side including El-Hadji Ba, Duncan Watmore, Connor Wickham and Moberg Karlsson but fell behind on the half-hour when Riccardo Calder converted Andras Stieber's corner. The visitors levelled on 62 minutes when Moberg Karlsson was the first to the rebound after George Honeyman's shot had hit a post.
Jeff Schlupp scored twice as Leicester also left it late to secure a 2-1 success against Stoke City at King Power Stadium. It took just six minutes for Steve Beaglehole's side to take the lead as Schlupp raced on to Tom Hopper's flick-on to rifle in the opening goal and although James Alabi pulled the visitors level with an opportunistic strike from close range after the break, Schlupp had the last laugh with a late second.
Middlesbrough put on their best display of the season as they overcame a strong Southampton side at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park. Richard Smallwood gave the hosts the lead with a thumping sixth-minute volley, before Saints levelled through Omar Rowe's firm angled strike past Dimi Konstantopoulos midway through the first period. Boro rallied and produced two goals early in the second half as Luke Williams finished off the good work of Emmanuel Ledesma, before the Argentinian forward crowned a fine performance with a goal following a one-two with Smallwood.
Striker Adam Campbell scored his first goal of the campaign as Newcastle came from behind to earn a point against Bolton Wanderers at Northumberland FA. Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's charges fell behind when Tom Youngs scored from close range two minutes after the interval, but responded on 72 minutes when Gabriel Obertan raced down the left and cut the ball back for Campbell to level.
Friday 4 October
West Ham (Ruddock, Sadlier) 2-0 Norwich
Sunday 6 October
Chelsea (Swift, Christensen) 2-1 Man City (Hiwula)
Monday 7 October
Arsenal (Miyaichi; Lipman) 2-1 Wolves (Jakobsson)
Aston Villa (Calder) 1-1 Sunderland (Moberg Karlsson)
Blackburn (Lenihan) 1-2 Everton (Grant; Touray)
Leicester (Schlupp 2) 2-1 Stoke (Alabi)
Liverpool (Morgan pen; Brannagan; McLaughlin; Smith; Teixeira) 5-0 Spurs
Middlesbrough (Smallwood; Williams; Ledesma) 3-1 Southampton (Rowe)
Newcastle (Campbell) 1-1 Bolton (Youngs)
Reading (Taylor 2; Ugwu) West Brom (Vydra; Roofe; Ward; Jones pen)
Qualifying Round 1
23 September: Preston North End 0-2 Hull City
24 September: Doncaster Rovers 0-3 Notts County
8 October: Burnley v Wigan Athletic
24 September: Bournemouth 1-2 Plymouth Argyle
26 September: Peterborough United 3-2 Colchester United
30 September: Exeter City 4-1 Torquay United
1 October: AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Gillingham
3 October: Watford 1-1 (4-3 pens) Bristol Rovers