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2-1
25 January 2018 Venue St George's Park Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
2 - 1
FT
Ipswich Town U23

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Shan: We need to bounce back

24 January 2018

UNDER-23s boss James Shan wants to see a reaction from his team when they take on Ipswich Town in the Premier League Cup at St George’s Park on Thursday (ko 7pm).

“Monday night was a disappointing result and probably equally, or maybe even more so, a disappointing performance,” said Shan. 

“There were definitely signs in that performance that we haven't played in five weeks. That could sound like a bit of an excuse but it’s a fact.

“So I’m hoping that it’s blown the cobwebs out of their system a little bit and that we’re ready to go. There was a couple of bright sparks in there, most notably Morgan Rogers, who at just 15 years old was very good.”

Albion have lost their first three matches in the PL Cup, but could still finish in the top two of Group E and go through to the next round if they win their remaining fixtures and other results go their way.

“If you look at the table now, we’re cut adrift. We need to 100% try and win our remaining three games and that’s a massive task,” added Shan.

“We played Ipswich last year in this competition. Both games were good - we were excellent at Portman Road even though we lost the game.

“They are a good attacking threat and they’ve got some nice players in the final third of the pitch. I know their coach quite well because I did a course with him.

“They are also doing well in terms of producing players, so they’ll be a good test for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Admission into St George's Park for the match will be £5 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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Albion U23s 2 Ipswich Town U23s 1

25 January 2018

ALBION’s under-23s beat Ipswich Town 2-1 in their Premier League Cup Group E game at St George’s Park.

The Baggies started brightly and went close twice inside the first ten minutes when Ipswich goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou kept out attempts from Jack Fitzwater and Finn Azaz. 

On the half hour mark Albion did manage to break the deadlock, though, when Alex Bradley picked up the ball outside the box and curled a fantastic shot into the top right corner.

The home side continued to dominate and managed to double their lead just before the break thanks to Rekeem Harper’s deflected effort.

In the second half Ipswich got themselves back in the match when Shane McLoughlin got on the end of a corner to reduce the deficit on 73 minutes.

However, Albion managed to comfortably see the game out after that and almost scored again when Callum Morton and Nick Clayton-Phillips both saw shots saved in the final couple of minutes.

ALBION: Palmer, Meredith, Howkins, Jameson (Ferguson 56), Fitzwater, Melbourne; Harper, Bradley; Azaz (Brown 83), Morton, Leko (Clayton-Phillips 29).

Substitutes: Ben Pierce, Evan Pierce.

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