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Tuesday 22 October 2013

Barclays U21s: West Ham regain top spot

Hammers come from behind to beat Wolves; more than 6,000 watch Everton draw with Man Utd

  • Jamie O'Hara who had a penalty saved, runs clear of Leo Chambers. Credit: Wolves FC

  • West Ham's Pele Ruddock Mpanzu challenges Eusebio Bancessi Credit: Wolves FC

  • Southampton's Tadanari Lee scores his second goal in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers

  • Lee and his team-mates celebrate his strike which put the Saints 2-1 ahead

West Ham United regained top spot in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table with a victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on a busy Monday programme, while more than 6,000 fans turned up to see Everton's draw with Manchester United.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 West Ham United

West Ham United went back to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League after claiming victory in Telford on Monday night.

Kieran Sadlier put the visitors ahead after only six minutes when he fired home from George Moncur’s pass but Wolves responded well and Jamie O’Hara curling shot’s was saved by Raphael Spiegel, with the goalkeeper stopping O'Hara's penalty on 30 minutes.

Dylan Tombides and Carlton Cole both had chances for the Hammers before Dan Potts headed in on Sadlier's 67th minute corner.

Wolves report | West Ham United report

Everton 0-0 Manchester United

Everton hit the woodwork twice but had to settle for a goalless draw against Manchester United in front of a crowd of 6,004 at Goodison Park.

The Toffees had allowed fans to attend the match for free and they were rewarded with an entertaining encounter despite the lack of goals.

Everton included Tony Hibbert in their line-up while Brazilian internationals Anderson and Fabio featured for the visitors.

The Toffees hit the post for the first time in the final 20 minutes when Ben Amos stuck out a boot to divert Hallam Hope’s low shot on to a post.

And then Chris Long tackled Michael Keane and hit the woodwork with his shot.

Everton report | Manchester United report

Southampton 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn hit back to equalise twice at Staplewood and climb off the bottom of the table.

Tadanari Lee put the hosts ahead in the 39th minute when he sidefooted home a rebound after Ryan Seager’s shot cannoned off the post.

Rovers scored their first equaliser in the 52nd minute when Hugh Fernandez Molina shot home with the ball hitting defender Matt Targett on its way into the net.

The Saints regained the lead three minutes later when Lloyd Isgrove tackled Kellen Daly and pulled the ball back for Lee to slot in at the near post.

Blackburn captain John O’Sullivan won his side a point when he scored from the penalty spot after Jordan Turnbull fouled Brendon Daniels.

Southampton report | Blackburn report

Norwich City 3-1 Middlesbrough

Norwich City came from behind to claim victory over Middlesbrough, with Josh Murphy scoring two of the goals.

Luke Williams opened the scoring for the visitors on two minutes, when he curled a superb 25-yard free-kick past Mark Bunn in the Canaries goal.

Murphy equalised five minutes later with a fine free-kick of his own before the hosts took the lead with 25 minutes to go with Cameron McGeehan’s glancing header. Murphy then sealed the win on 79 minutes when he finished off a superb move.

“The performance was really good. We had periods of play where we were on top but didn’t take our chances, but in the second half we did that very well,” Norwich City academy manager Ricky Martin told the club’s website.

“The third goal was a different class – the one touch play, the give and go and then the cut-back from Jacob (Murphy), and it was a great finish at the near post from Josh.”

Norwich report | Middlesbrough report

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Leicester City

Kenny McEvoy earned a point for Tottenham Hotspur with a first half equaliser against Leicester City at the Spurs Training Centre.

The visitors took a 16th minute lead when Dominic Ball fouled Jeff Schlupp in the area and Joe Dodoo tucked away the penalty.

Schlupp had a chance to double the lead but substitute goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who replaced Jordan Archer in the 21st minute, dived to save his shot.

Three minutes later Spurs equalised when Harry Kane crossed from the right and McEvoy scored with a powerful shot from six yards which goalkeeper Conrad Logan could not quite keep out.

In the second half, Schlupp rattled the post with a fierce shot while Kane came close.

Tottenham report | Leicester report

Barclays Under-21 results

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 0-0 Manchester United
Norwich City (Murphy 2, McGeehan) 3-1 Middlesbrough (Williams)
Southampton (Lee 2) 2-2 Blackburn Rovers (Molina, O'Sullivan)
Tottenham Hotspur (McEvoy) 1-1 Leicester City (Dodoo)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 West Ham United (Sadlier, Potts)

Barclays Under-21 fixtures

Monday, 28 October
Manchester United v Fulham, Salford City Stadium, 7pm

Friday, 1 November
Chelsea v West Ham United, The Electrical Services Stadium, Aldershot, 7pm                      Norwich City v Manchester City, Carrow Road, 7pm

Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.
To discover the Under-21 Premier League Cup draw, click here.

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • West Ham win 2-0 at Wolves to go back to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table
  • Free entry attracts more than 6,000 fans to Goodison to see Everton draw with Manchester United
  • Norwich beat Middlesbrough while Monday's other three games all finish in draws

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