Salford City vs Aston Villa U21 LIVE: Exclusive talkSPORT commentary and line-ups for EFL Trophy clash

3 Sep

EFL new boys Salford City host Aston Villa’s Under-21s side tonight in the first match of the Trophy group stages.

Portsmouth won the cup last term, beating Sunderland on penalties in the final and now the lower league tournament is set to begin again.

Salford City face Aston Villa U21 in the EFL Trophy

Salford and the Villa U21s are in Group C of the northern section with Tranmere but Bury have had to drop out following their EFL expulsion.

That means Tranmere will wait to begin their cup campaign and they’ll likely be watching events at Moor Lane this evening.

Salford have drawn four of their first five League Two games this term while Villa, 18th in the Premier League, will be keen to see their youngsters in action.

talkSPORT 2 will have full and exclusive coverage of the cup tie and here’s how you can tune in.

Salford City vs Aston Villa U21: How to listen

The EFL Trophy tie will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, September 3.

Full commentary will be live on talkSPORT 2 with our coverage starting at 6pm.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Hugh Woozencroft will host our Kick Off show on talkSPORT to keep across the night’s other ties.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Salford City vs Aston Villa U21: Line-ups

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Aston Villa U21: TO FOLLOW


Manchester United and Liverpool to field Under-21 sides in next season’s EFL Trophy

14 Jun

Manchester United and Liverpool will put forward Under-21 sides in the EFL Trophy for the first time next season.

The two Premier League heavyweights have not taken part in the competition in the past, however, the English Football League has confirmed the top six sides in the top flight will now be fully represented.

The competition could see the likes of Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster figure
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United and Liverpool’s Under-21 sides are the latest Category One Academy teams to take part, forming part of the 16 invited teams that will join the 48 League One and League Two clubs in the competition.

Involvement in the EFL Trophy will help United fill the void left by their absence from the UEFA Youth League, with the failure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to reach the Champions League meaning they missed out.

Nicky Butt, the club’s head of academy, said: “We are looking forward to being involved in the EFL Trophy next season.

“The competition provides a range of experiences that will act as the ideal platform for the development of our homegrown talent.

“We are always looking to be innovative in order to find the best development path for our young players; the opportunity to face senior opponents will benefit them greatly.”

Portsmouth won this year’s EFL trophy thanks to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Sunderland after the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.

Checkatrade Trophy final attendance breaks record for EFL competition and is only just short of Camp Nou figure where Lionel Messi starred

31 Mar

The Checkatrade Trophy final between Portsmouth and Sunderland set an attendace record for the EFL Trophy.

At Wembley on Sunday afternoon, there were 85,021 in to see Pompey win on penalties, which is the biggest in the competition’s history.

It was just shy of the crowd Barcelona were able to attract for their local derby against Espanyol at the Camp Nou were 92,795 turned up.

Much of London will have been aware Sunderland were in town given their takeover of Trafalgar Square on Saturday night.

And on Sunday the north east side took the lead in a thrilling contest that ended 2-2 after extra-time.

However, Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole missed his penalty in the shoot-out, with Portsmouth winning 5-4.

The Wembley crowd easily surpassed the previous competition record of 80,841 when Wolves beat Burnley in 1988, and also set a record for the competition at the new Wembley Stadium, surpassing the 74,434 who watched Coventry beat Oxford in 2017.

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It was a record crowd at Wembley
Ronan Curtis claimed the Checkatrade Trophy
Pompey held their nerve to win via penalties

Portsmouth 2-2 Sunderland (5-4 on pens): Pompey clinch Checkatrade Trophy on penalties in dramatic Wembley final

31 Mar

Portsmouth clinched the Checkatrade Trophy with a dramatic 5-4 shootout victory over Sunderland at Wembley.

Lee Cattermole saw the Black Cats’ second penalty saved by Craig MacGillivray as a thrilling final was decided on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

Ronan Curtis claimed the Checkatrade Trophy

A crowd of 85,021 – a record for the EFL Trophy final – saw Aiden McGeady’s free-kick put Sunderland ahead in the first half, before Nathan Thompson levelled with a stooping header eight minutes from the end of normal time.

In a lively second period of extra time, Jamal Lowe’s stunning lob put Pompey in front, only for McGeady to slot in a last-gasp equaliser.

Penalty drama followed and Portsmouth were faultless, scoring all five to ensure they lifted the trophy.

Sunderland posed more of an attacking threat in the opening stages, with Lewis Morgan testing MacGillivray for the first time with a well-struck volley in the 21st minute.

McGeady was pulling the strings for the Black Cats and won the free-kick from which he opened the scoring in the 38th minute.

The Republic of Ireland international’s curling strike took a slight deflection off the shoulder of Omar Bogle and that was enough to take it out of MacGillivray’s reach.

Pompey held their nerve from the spot

Portsmouth started the second half with fresh impetus and Bogle saw a header blocked on the line by defender Reece James, although the whistle had already gone for a foul against the forward.

Brett Pitman came agonisingly close to an equaliser on the hour when he controlled a Lowe knock-down and fired a shot against the base of the right-hand post.

Pompey substitute Gareth Evans neatly beat his marker and raced forward before drilling a shot wide with just over 10 minutes remaining.

It was a record crowd at Wembley

And he played a part in a deserved equaliser shortly afterwards, standing up a cross to the back post for Thompson to power in a header.

Portsmouth thought they had won it with six minutes of extra time remaining when Lowe controlled a long ball forward and lobbed goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Oli Hawkins scored the winning penalty

But there was still time for Sunderland to snatch an equaliser and send the game to penalties as McGeady controlled Charlie Wyke’s lay-off, beat his marker and slotted past the keeper.

After Cattermole was denied by the keeper, it eventually fell to Oliver Hawkins to win it for Portsmouth and he duly obliged.

Sunderland fans take over Trafalgar Square in London ahead of Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth

31 Mar

Sunderland fans took over London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday night ahead of their cup final appearance at Wembley.

The club play Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final and arrived in the capital in their thousands.

The game, live on talkSPORT 2 at 14:30, has sold out meaning it is likely to be the biggest attendance in Europe this weekend.

Both sides have sold out their allocation of 40,000 and it is also the biggest for any final in the competition’s history, surpassing the 80,841 who saw Wolves beat Burnley in 1988.

Port Vale supporter chief SLAMS Stoke City fans after derby chaos: ‘It was absolute carnage’

5 Dec

A Port Vale supporters’ chief has SLAMMED a section of ‘idiotic’ Stoke City fans who caused ‘mayhem and carnage’ during their chaotic derby clash at Vale Park.

The local rivals met in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, with Stoke fielding their Under-21s side, for the first time in 16 years.

Vale Park was trashed by visiting Stoke City fans

League Two side Port Vale sealed a 4-0 win over Stoke’s youngsters, but the rare Potteries derby was ruined by fan violence.

Police made 11 arrests as away fans threw projectiles onto the pitch and trashed one of the stadium’s toilet blocks in an evening to forget for the city.

And Mark Porter, chairman of Port Vale supporters’ trust, joined talkSPORT to Wednesday to reflect on the sorry scenes.

“It was just unbelievable, I’ve never witnessed anything in a ground like it,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“It was taking football back to the 1980s. Flairs, coin, bottles, smoke bombs, it was just ridiculous.”

Stoke took 4000 supporters to the game, and Porter was keen to make clear that only a small portion of those fans were involved in the violence.

He added: “Let’s not tar everyone with the same brush, because 90 per cent of the Stoke fans came to watch their Under-21s play.

“But there were a couple of hundred idiots who came with no other agenda but to cause mayhem and absolute carnage.

“They have completely smashed the toilets blocks, the toilets are smashed, the windows are smashed, the seats are smashed.

“Nobody can blame the police, I don’t think the police could have done anything better then they did last night, there was more than enough there.

“We haven’t had a local derby for 16 years, but last night there were some people who came and all they were interested in was causing trouble.

“I think the police are going to be very busy over the next couple of the days, because there will be a lot of people who are going to get knocks on their door, and its not going to be the postman.”

ELEVEN fans arrested after Port Vale clash against Stoke Under-21s ends in chaos

5 Dec

Eleven fans were arrested after Port Vale’s derby clash with Stoke City‘s Under-21s ended in ‘despicable’ violence on Tuesday night.

Match stewards were caught in the crossfire as supporters hurled bottles at coins onto the pitch in the first Potteries derby between the local rivals in 16 years.

Stoke’s youngster’s lost the Checkatrade Trophy game 4-0.

‘Considerable damage’ was caused to Vale Park – including seats being ripped out, windows smashed and toilets broken.

Over 150 officers were deployed to the  match between the fierce Staffordshire rivals on Tuesday night.

Staffordshire Police said 11 arrests had been made for violence and public order offences after disruptive behaviour from large sections of the away fans.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, commander for the policing operation, said: “I would like to express my thanks to all the officers that helped us deliver a challenging policing operation. There was some despicable behaviour by a large number of fans, which has caused considerable damage to the away section of Vale Park.

“We are taking this very seriously and I expect there to be more arrests in the coming days as we examine CCTV coverage and gather evidence of the crimes committed.

“My officers have shown bravery and dedication tonight and the support from stewards and partners has been first class in ensuring that those intent on fighting each other were unable to do so.

“I am also grateful for local pubs working with us and shutting early to ensure the safety of those in Burslem.”

Mr Jones added: “This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and I would like to reassure you that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.”