West Ham United came from three goals down to beat Newcastle 5-4 on Sunday afternoon in an amazing encounter in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Jonathyn Quinn scored a hat-trick inside the first 13 minutes to sink the Hammers early on but the comeback was underway when George Moncur hit back West Ham’s first.
Dylan Tombides brought it back to 3-2 before an Elliot Lee hat-trick had the visitors flying. All those five goals came in the space of 25 minutes.
Newcastle had time for a consolation strike from Rolando Aarons but it wasn’t enough for the Magpies who will be baffled how they managed to throw away their three-goal lead.
West Ham coach Nick Haycock said: “I’ve just sent a text to Ian Hendon and Neil McDonald to say what a mad game we’ve just been involved in.
“I found it hard in the first half, I needed to help them and I think the change in formation helped to stop the goals going in.
“At one point we just needed to have a ten minute spell when we didn’t concede again because we felt the attacking unit would come into the game and we could have scored 20-plus goals today.
“They’re inspired by the first team lads, we know it was a disappointing performance for the first team at the weekend but the camaraderie spills over to the young lads.
“We’ve got some good lads in the club, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble to name but a few are always speaking to me about the young lads.
“They’re a good set of lads, they do get on so I didn’t doubt that but like I said I could pick eleven lads who’d run around and work hard for West Ham United but I want intelligent football,” he said.
Sunderland sit top of the table with four wins out of four as they travelled to Southampton and took back north all three points.
George Honeyman grabbed a brace and Mikael Mandron netted the other in their 3-0 win on the south coast.
Sunderland coach Kevin Ball said: “I’m really pleased for the lads. It was always going to be a tough game in that Southampton are a very good side and also the fact we travelled down on the day of the game, meaning the lads had a bit of tiredness.
“Having said that, the work rate they produced despite any fatigue was first class and I’m very pleased for them.”
Elsewhere Fulham remain unbeaten in second place thanks to their entertaining 4-4 draw against Wolves.
Fulham went in 4-2 up at half-time thanks to goals from Muamer Tankovic and Mesca, who scored twice each but Wolves hit back in the second half, with Liam McAlinden adding to his two goals already to complete a hat-trick and a single effort from Tim Jakobsson who secured the point for Wolves.
Arsenal are the only other unbeaten team as they saw off Blackburn Rovers by three goals. Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, Daniel Boateng and Chuba Akpom scored their goals.
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Newcastle United 4-5 West Ham, Bolton 1-1 Middlesbrough, Everton 3-1 Reading, Leicester 1-1 Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City, Southampton 0-3 Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers 0-3 Arsenal, Fulham 4-4 Wolves.