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Monday 1st November 2021 -  19:00
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Jamie Soule is hoping to “kickstart” his recent return to action with a goal when Albion’s PL2 side take on Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on Monday night (ko 7pm).

After a spell out due to personal reasons, the Albion academy graduate made his comeback in Richard Beale’s team during October against Middlesbrough before playing another 45 minutes against Stoke City last week.

And the 20-year-old has his eyes set on getting a run of goals going, as he looks to end 2021 on a high note.

Soule said: “I’ve really enjoyed being back out on the grass. It’s been a hard journey but the most important thing is I’m back improving and picking up where I left off and the game against Stoke was a good starting point for me.

“But it's all about small gains so the fact I’m seeing improvements is a very good sign and that gives me more confidence to keep progressing.

“I’m investing everything I need to be where I want to be and it’s all about getting momentum back and showing what I can do.

“It’s always challenging coming back after some time out, but I’m adaptable and look after my body. The fitness is getting there and it won’t take me long to get back to my usual levels.

“Getting a goal would be the kickstart I need, as well as getting 90 minutes under my belt. After I get those, I’m sure the rest will fall into place.

“Mentally it’s been a really hard journey for various reasons but we all go through difficult times in life and that’s what makes us stronger. It’s all about having good people around you and the club have supported me throughout my time here. I’m just focused on kicking on and showing where I can get to in my career.

“There’s a good bunch of lads here and we’ll be aiming to pick up another positive result because there’s high ambitions here this year and Bealey drives us all on. With the mentality the team’s got this year, we’ll definitely be looking to carry that into the Forest game.”

Strikes from Kenneth Zohore and Jamie Andrews helped Albion’s PL2 side overcome a two-goal deficit to secure a point against Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on Monday night.

First-half goals gave Forest a comfortable lead at the break, but a hard-working display ensured Richard Beale’s side returned to the Black Country with a share of the spoils.

Albion implemented their high press from the off and created the game’s first chances as Owen Windsor curled a good chance wide, before Zohore saw an even better opportunity superbly saved by Forest keeper Jordan Smith.

And Beale’s men would be made to pay for their missed chances when the hosts seized momentum with two quick-fire goals before the break. Forest twice got in-behind Albion’s backline down the right wing, and passes across goal were clinically converted by Ollie Hammond and Will Swan to create a sizeable gap between the sides at the break.

Credit: Ritchie Sumpter - Forest Club Photographer

But the Baggies produced a determined reaction at the start of the second half, and were back in the contest when a strong run from Kevin Joshua create space for him to drill a piercing ball into the path of Zohore, who remained calm to dart forward and finish with ease.

At 2-1, Albion were motivated for more and they got a great opportunity to level the scores when a mazy run from Reyes Cleary drew a foul and earned a penalty for the visitors. But Smith continued his heroics in the Forest goal, guessing right to palm Zohore’s spot-kick to safety.

However, he wasn’t so lucky with the second penalty Beale’s men were awarded. Forest defender Baba Fernandes was deemed to have handled inside his own box, and this time Andrews made no mistake in sending Smith the wrong way to make it 2-2.

Lively substitute Jamie Soule almost flashed a left-footed effort into the bottom corner and after a confident run into the area, he squared the ball on a plate to Cleary who had the goal at his mercy. Somehow, though, home keeper Smith recovered to palm the resulting shot to safety.

Forest piled pressure on the Albion goal as the game entered the closing stages, but the visitors held out to leave the East Midlands with a deserved point after their resilient second-half showing.

Albion; Cann; Taylor, Joshua (Hall 64), Delaney (Shaw 73); Teixeira, King, Andrews, Ashworth; Cleary, Zohore, Windsor (Soule 60).

Substitutes: Chisholm, Williams.