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03 October 2017 Venue Montgomery Waters Meadow Attendance

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Shan: We need to believe

3 October 2017

JAMES Shan said that his young Baggies side need to believe they can get a result when they take on Shrewsbury Town tonight.

The Shrews are currently top of SkyBet League One and are yet to lose in the league this season, and Paul Hurst’s men also won their opening Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group E game against Coventry. 

“I know that Shrewsbury are having a fantastic time with their results at the moment,” said James.

“Physically they’re good, and one outstanding thing that they do is hit teams on the counter attack. They’re a threat and a difficulty in both areas of the pitch - they score goals and don’t concede many.

“It will be a similar team for us to what’s been playing in the Premier League 2 and the previous Checkatrade Trophy game. We’ve got a young squad but one of the positive things is that we’ve got a settled squad.

“I think the game plan will be very similar to the Walsall match, in terms of the level of opposition we’ll be facing.

“The biggest thing we’ve learned from that game would be how to deal with momentum. We had some really good moments in the first half, scored at the perfect time and then we had a tough 20 minutes and couldn’t deal with it. 

“It’s going to be a difficult task. But saying that, we can take a great sense of pride from the Walsall game and hopefully some belief as well."

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Shrewsbury Town 3 Albion U21 0

3 October 2017

OLIVER Burke played just over an hour for a young Albion side that lost 3-0 to Shrewsbury Town in their second Checkatrade Trophy fixture of the campaign.

The Shrews had the early chances and almost went in front when Lenell John-Lewis found space on the left and curled a shot towards goal, but his effort came back off the post.

John-Lewis wasn't to be denied though as on 24 minutes he opened the scoring when he latched onto a rebound following an initial Alex Palmer save.

Four minutes after half time Shrewsbury went two ahead when Joe Riley whipped in a cross from the left and Carlton Morris flicked the ball into the back of the net from close range.

With 15 minutes to go Louis Dodds scored the third and final goal of the evening for the home side as he cut inside on the edge of the box and hit the ball into the far corner.

Albion's final Checkatrade Trophy game will take place against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena next month.

ALBION: Palmer, White (Clayton-Phillips 67), Soleman, Jameson, McCourt, Melbourne, Bradley, Chambers, Brown (Azaz 73), Burke (Pierce 62), Morton.

Substitutes: House, Rogers, Harmon, Hall.

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