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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Barclays U21s: Man Utd rally to sink Bolton

Manchester United hit four past Bolton while Chelsea and Fulham resume winning ways

  • Josh McEachran scored both goals as Chelsea beat Norwich City (Photo: EMPICS Sport)

  • Jesse Lingard scored twice for Manchester United against Bolton

  • Mohamadou Diarra helped Fulham win at Reading. Photo: Martin Goldthorpe / Fulham FC

  • Raheem Hanley (right) was on target in Blackburn's draw with Stoke

  • West Ham United U21s welcome Manchester City to the Boleyn Ground

  • Man City Development coach Patrick Vieira braves the element during his side's 1-1 draw

  • Dan Gosling in action during Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Everton

Manchester United came from behind to overcome Bolton Wanderers with a fine second-half-display under the watchful gaze of first-team manager David Moyes, while Chelsea and Fulham continued their fine start to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League season with victories over Norwich City and Reading respectively.

Manchester United 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Will Keane marked his long-awaited return with a goal and Jesse Lingard scored twice as United came from behind to beat Bolton.

The 20-year-old forward who missed last season with a knee injury cancelled out Conor Wilkinson's opener for Bolton just before half-time to spark a much improved second-half display for the hosts which also brought a goal for Tom Thorpe.

With Moyes looking on from the sidelines, the Barclays Under-21 Premier League champions got off to a slow start at a rainswept Salford City Stadium as Bolton's Jan Gregus hit the bar with a free-kick and Ben Amos upended Tom Youngs to concede a penalty in the 20th minute. The goalkeeper made amends with a superb spot-kick save from Youngs but was beaten by Conor Wilkinson's left-footed drive six minutes before the interval.

United responded on the stroke of half-time as Keane swept in from close-range after Bolton had failed to clear a corner and the hosts raced through the gears in the second half. A five-minute spell of pressure brought Lingard, who was set up by Tyler Blackett, his first goal of the night, while Thorpe headed in Adnan Januzaj's inswinging free-kick on the hour. Lingard doubled his tally five minutes from time after winning the ball and unleashing a low shot, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 16, appeared late on to make his United debut.

Man Utd report | Bolton Wanderers report

Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Benjamin Siegrist produced a fine goalkeeping display on his return to action as Villa earned a hard-fought point against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Swiss made a string of saves in the second half to thwart Spurs in an entertaining contest at Burton's Pirelli Stadium. A first-half header by Kevin Toner had given Villa the lead before Harry Kane scored a penalty after the interval to cancel out the Irishman's strike.

Thereafter it was the Siegrist show as Villa's goalkeeper denied Kane and Kenneth McEvoy with excellent reflex saves early in the second half and salvaged his side at the death when repelling Nabil Bentalev and Kane again, after Laste Dombaxe had struck a post with a long-range effort.

Villa report | Spurs report

Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Stoke City

Blackburn and Stoke played out an entertaining draw at Leigh Sports Village.

After a goalless first half Rovers took the lead courtesy of Raheem Hanley's penalty, awarded for Elliot Wheeler's handball, but Stoke responded midway through the second half when James Alabi headed from close range.

In an open match with chances for either side the Potters almost stole three points late on when Jamie Ness pounced on Aaron Tumwa's sliced clearance only to fire wide from close range.

Blackburn report | Stoke report

Newcastle United 1-1 Everton

Everton battled back to claim a draw at St James' Park courtesy of Hallam Hope's close-range strike.

The hosts, watched by first-team manager Alan Pardew and featuring Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi, controlled most of the first half and went ahead just before half-time when Adam Armstrong struck for his fourth goal in four matches.

Everton rallied after the break and Hope equalised with 20 minutes to go when he bundled in the ball from six yards after Chris Long had pulled it back across goal.

Newcastle United report | Everton report

Middlesbrough 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their good form with victory at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park.

Despite Wanderers having the best of the opening exchanges, the visitors had to wait until three minutes before half-time to claim the opener. Jamie Tank headed home from Anthony Forde's corner. Forde turned goalscorer and his fine curling shot from 20 yards out in injury time sealed the victory.

Middlesbrough report

Leicester City 0-1 Southampton

Southampton ended a run of three straight defeats with victory over the Foxes at Leicester's Belvoir Drive training ground.

Lee Barnard scored the only goal, powerfully heading in from substitute Jake Sinclair's whipped cross eight minutes into the second period. Leicester piled on the pressure as they looked for an equaliser. Neil Danns had the best chance in the closing stages, only for Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to tip over.

Leicester City report | Southampton report

West Ham United 1-1 Manchester City

George Moncur scored with four minutes to go to give West Ham United a hard-fought draw at the Boleyn Ground.

The 20-year-old midfielder weaved his way into the penalty area before curling a fine shot around Ian Lawlor. His strike cancelled out right-back Adam Drury’s goal which was scored with 11 minutes earlier. Sean Maguire thought he had won it for West Ham in the final minute but his goal was ruled out for offside.

West Ham United report | Manchester City report

Chelsea 2-0 Norwich City

A brace from Josh McEachran helped Chelsea claim their third straight win with a victory over Norwich City at Aldershot FC.

The match, played in torrential rain, was a keenly contested affair and it was McEachran’s penalty, after Billy Clifford had been fouled in the area, which broke the deadlock in the second half. McEachran made sure of the points when he fired home from the edge of the area.

"We played some good football but they're a strong side, they're quick on the break and they can hurt you, and [Nathan] Ake and [Andreas] Christensen were superb," Chelsea Under-21 manager Dermot Drummy told the club's website. "It was nice for Josh to get a couple of goals and play 90 minutes, he's a very good player.

"They could have scored a couple, but on the flip side we created some great chances and their keeper made some good saves."

Chelsea report | Norwich City report

Reading 1-2 Fulham

Fulham made it four wins out of five thanks to Muamer Tankovic's late winner at Reading's training ground.

Chris David missed a first-half penalty for the visitors before Lasse Vigen Christensen bundled home for the first goal after the break.

The home side missed a penalty of their own but thought they had done enough to earn a point when Jake Taylor fired home at the second attempt after being sent through on goal with a minute to go. However, Fulham had the final say in the closing stages with Tankovic's strike from 10 yards out.

"It was a decent game but probably a little bit too open again for my liking," Fulham manager Kit Symons told the club website. "We played quite well and created a lot of chances but weren't clinical enough in the final third for me. But we more than deserved to win the game and we got our just deserts in the end."

Reading report | Fulham report

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Thursday 12 September
Arsenal (Gnabry) 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Friday 13 September
Chelsea (McEachran 2) 2-0 Norwich City
West Ham United (Moncur) 1-1 Manchester City (Drury)

Monday 16 September
Aston Villa (Toner) 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane)
Blackburn Rovers (Hanley) 1-1 Stoke City (Alabi)
Leicester City 0-1 Southampton (Barnard)
Manchester United (Keane, Lingard 2, Thorpe) 4-1 Bolton Wanderers (Wilkinson)
Middlesbrough 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Tank, Forde)
Newcastle United (Armstrong) 1-1 Everton (Hope)
Reading (Taylor) 1-2 Fulham (Vigen Christensen, Tankovic)

Barclays U21 Premier League fixture

Tuesday 17 September
Liverpool v Sunderland, Anfield, 7pm

Download full fixture list here.

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

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