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Barclays U21 Premier League: Chelsea, Man City And Liverpool All Defeated

Cauley Woodrow was previously of Luton Town.

Cauley Woodrow was previously of Luton Town.

A Cauley Woodrow brace gave Fulham their first three points of the Barclays U21 Premier League season on the opening weekend as they beat Manchester City at Hyde Park.

Seko Fofana was the stand-out performer for the losers as their lead was thwarted through Woodrow’s double.

“We’re pleased with the win, it’s always good to open the season with three points,” Fulham coach Kit Symons told Fulham’s official club’s website. “We didn’t play particularly well in the first-half, and probably gave City too much respect at times. They created a few chances and went in front.

“I had a chat with the boys at the break, and talked two or three things through with them. Again, they showed great character to turn it around and in the second-half they played much better. There was a lot more urgency and energy to their play and in the end, for me, we were worthy winners.”

Chelsea lost their opening game on Friday night as they went down 4-2 against Tottenham Hotspur at Aldershot Town.

Chelsea took an early lead through a Josh McEachran penalty but Spurs, who finished runners-up in this competition last season, hit back with a Yago Falque double and a Harry Kane goal.

Shaquille Coulthirst secured all three points in the second half, which meant Isaiah Brown’s late goal was a mere consolation for the Blues.

Tottenham coach Chris Ramsey told their club’s official website: ” “It was one of the best displays we’ve had, even including last season. I’m delighted for the players, especially the way they applied themselves and the resilience they showed after conceding the early goal.”

In tonight’s fixtures Liverpool were just edged by Southampton – catch highlights in the video below (from 101 Great Goals)

Jordan Laidler grabbed the only goal as Sunderland defeated Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion ran out winners against Blackburn Rovers thanks to a single Alex Jones strike.

England youth star Gael Bigirimana was on the scoresheet for Newcastle this evening but unfortunately he couldn’t prevent his side going down 4-2 against Reading.

Hallam Hope and Connor Grant gifted Everton an away victory at Wolves and Aston Villa were beaten by West Ham, despite the presence of regular first-teamers Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Jordan Bowery.

Elliot Lee scored twice for the Hammers while Sebastian Lletget finished the Villains off late on.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Ben Marshall and Tom Hopper scored the goals as Leicester City beat Middlesbrough 3-1 this evening.

Full results:

Chelsea 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City 1-2 Fulham

Liverpool 3-4 Southampton

Middlesbrough 1-3 Leicester City

Norwich City 4-1 Stoke City

Reading 4-2 Newcastle United

Sunderland 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

West Ham United 3-0 Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Everton

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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