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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

18 December 2017 Venue Aggborough Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Aston Villa PL2

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Shan looking forward to derby clash

18 December 2017

ALBION’s under-23s boss James Shan believes there will be an extra edge to their Premier League 2 Division Two clash against Aston Villa tonight.

It will be the third meeting between the teams so far this season, with the other two matches mustering up a total of 10 goals in them. 

“It’s one of those fixtures we look for in our season because we know it’s going to produce a really good intense game of football,” said Shan.

“I think having that derby mentality with them being our local rivals and the players knowing each other, with lots of them having grown up around each other, definitely adds a bit of spice to it.

“Villa have got a way of doing things and I don't think that's changed greatly over the last few years.

“In terms of their style, we’re pretty clear on the way that they play. Kevin McDonald is a coach that has a CV of producing players that is second to none.

“I’ve no doubt that we’ll be up against a team that has some players in and around their first team, knocking on the door, and they'll be a hard working side.

Shan confirmed that, apart from the long-term injury to Jack Chambers, he has a fully fit squad to choose from - and also spoke about the experiences that Rayhaan Tulloch, Nathan Ferguson and Max Melbourne have had in the first team under Alan Pardew.

“Any time a young player goes into that environment it should give them the ability to recognise what they need to do and how hard they need to work,” he added.

“Hopefully the time that they have spent in and around the first team squad of late will stand them in good stead to work at an intensity in our games.”

The match is taking place at Aggborough Stadium, kicking off at 7pm and costing £5 Adults, £1 concessions and free for season ticket holders.

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 1 Aston Villa PL2 4

18 December 2017

ALBION's PL2 side were defeated 4-1 by Aston Villa on a foggy night at Aggborough.

It was Villa who took the lead inside two minutes when Rushian Hepburn-Murphy cut in from the right and hammered a low shot past Alex Palmer.

The Baggies found a deserved equaliser on 21 minutes, though, when Kyle Jameson powered home a header from a corner.

After half time it was Albion that came closest to scoring a number of times when Callum Morton had two fine efforts fantastically saved by Jed Steer.

However, on 66 minutes Alex Bradley was shown his second yellow card and Villa took advantage of their extra man just three minutes later through Jordan Cox's goal.

With 72 minutes on the clock the away side got their third of the evening thanks to Callum O'Hare, before Harry McKirdy converted a late penalty to round off the scoreline.

ALBION: Palmer, Soleman, Jameson, Ferguson, Melbourne; Brown, Bradley, Azaz (Wilding 69); Morton, Tulloch (Clayton-Phillips 89), Campbell (McCourt 73).

Substitutes: House, Pierce.

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