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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

15 April 2018 Venue Riverside Stadium Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Middlesbrough PL2
2 - 1
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Smith: We want to bounce back

14 April 2018

JAMIE Smith has challenged his under-23s to put in an improved performance when they take on Middlesbrough in a Premier League 2 Division Two clash on Sunday.

Albion’s youngsters were defeated at Brighton in their last outing, and Smith wants them to make amends when they head to the North East. 

“The game at Brighton was very disappointing,” he said.

“We need to bounce back, and in fairness to the players they have done that in training this week.

“I’ll give them credit because I’ve got into them a little bit and they’ve performed on the training ground.

“But it’s now about them going out and performing during the match.

“It will be a very tough game, I’ve been watching lots of clips of Middlesbrough and they are a good, solid unit.

“They’re compact and quite direct in their play, similar to Brighton in the way they set up, so it will be a tough game for us.”

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough PL2 2 Albion PL2 1

16 April 2018

ALBION’s under-23s were defeated 2-1 at Middlesbrough in their penultimate Premier League 2 Division Two match of the season on Sunday.

It was the Baggies who opened the scoring inside 11 minutes when Kyle Jameson was on hand to apply the finishing touches after Jonathan Leko had hit the woodwork.

Middlesbrough were thwarted from getting themselves back into the game straight away when Brad House saved from Luke Armstrong’s effort.

Albion then went close themselves as Jonathan Leko could have doubled the lead when left unmarked at the back post, but he elected to hit the ball across the box instead of towards goal.

Early in the second half Nick Clayton-Phillips was denied by Dimi Konstantopoulos from the edge of the area, but not long after Boro equalised through Armstrong’s low shot just before the hour mark.

With 63 minutes on the clock the turnaround was complete as substitute Connor Malley headed the home side in front from a corner.

The Baggies found clear-cut chances difficult to come by after falling behind, with Middlesbrough going on to claim all three points in a hard-fought game at the Riverside Stadium.

ALBION: House, Meredith, Jameson, Ferguson, McCourt, Harmon; Bradley (Azaz 87), Harper; Clayton-Phillips (Pierce 78), Morton, Leko.

Substitutes: B Pierce, Wilding, Brown.

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