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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

08 December 2017 Venue Northumberland FA Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Newcastle United PL2
2 - 0
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Shan expecting difficult Newcastle clash

8 December 2017

Under-23s boss Jimmy Shan in training

JAMES Shan believes his under-23s are facing a “tough test” when they play Newcastle United in the Premier League 2 Division Two this evening.

Albion were defeated 4-0 in the return game at The Hawthorns earlier on in the season, but Newcastle are currently on a run that has seen them win one of their last nine PL2 games. 

“They’re a good team. We faced them earlier in the season and they beat us convincingly,” he said.

“Looking at their recent games - their style hasn't changed too greatly so whether they've just been unfortunate in the matches or their run of lots of fixtures has caught up with them I don't know.

“But either way I’d imagine it will still be a tough test.”

It’s predicted to be a bitterly cold evening up in the North East, but Shan insisted that his players will adapt to the conditions and hopefully build on some positive recent performances.

“If the weather doesn't effect the pitch then I don't think it will effect the game,” he added.

“Obviously if the pitch becomes a bit hardened and there’s bumpy parts that begin to freeze then it will have an impact on the game and the safety of the players.

“But in terms of cold conditions, it’s just a case of getting on with it. The lads will put their skins on, get warm and crack on.

“We’re trying to keep as much of the starting eleven that’s appeared in the last two games as possible to get that continuity.

“It’s something that we’ve been searching for all season, having a settled squad and being able to select from the same group of players.

“But we have had a couple of injuries and some illnesses that haven't helped that. The core of the squad is as close to what it has been over the last couple of weeks, but this game also presents an opportunity for others to make a claim and get in the team.”

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Match Reports

Newcastle PL2 2 Albion PL2 0

8 December 2017

ALBION’s PL2 side were defeated 2-0 by Newcastle on a bitterly cold night in the North East.

The Baggies arguably had the better of the first half and went close just under quarter of an hour into the game when Nathan Harker had to be alert to keep out Tahvon Campbell’s effort. 

Three minutes before the break Finn Azaz almost opened the scoring for Albion when he found space outside the area, but his shot went just over.

Seven minutes after half time Kyle Cameron went close for Newcastle when his header hit the crossbar.

The Magpies then took the lead on 66 minutes when Luke Charman was brought down inside the box, and Callum Roberts made no mistake from 12 yards.

The home side doubled their advantage with 70 minutes on the clock as Roberts let fly from range and it crept under Brad House and into the bottom corner.

Despite plenty of the ball late on Albion couldn’t find a way back into the game and Newcastle claimed the three points.

ALBION: House, Ferguson, Howkins, Jameson; Soleman, Bradley (Wilding 52), Azaz, Melbourne; Morton, Soule (McCourt 72), Campbell.

Substitutes: B Pierce, Harmon, E Pierce.

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