ALBION Under-21s twice came from behind to earn a last-gasp victory in a seven-goal thriller at Reading this afternoon.
Super-sub Joe Ward equalised for the Baggies late on – before Alex Jones fired a stoppage-time penalty to secure David Oldfield’s side a 4-3 triumph at Hogwood Park.
Matej Vydra completed his comeback from a hamstring injury with a first-half goal, with Kemar Roofe also on the scoresheet for Albion.
“We started off very badly and we defended poorly,” said senior professional development coach David Oldfield.
“We were two goals down inside five minutes and we had to show a great deal of character to fight back.
“It’s a great result and the boys showed great courage to get back into the game.
“Matej played for an hour and came through the game quite well.
“George played another 90 minutes and played well.
“He showed the maturity we expect from him and that helped the other guys.”
ALBION: Rose (Palmer); Francis, Garmston, O’Sullivan, Gayle, Atkinson, Roofe, Thorne, A Jones, Vydra (Ward), Ferrier. Subs not used: Birch, Howkins, S Nabi.