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12 March 2018 Venue WBA Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Stoke City PL2

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Shan ahead of Stoke PL2 clash

11 March 2018

JAMES Shan wants his under-23s side to build some momentum as they enter their final stretch of matches in the Premier League 2 season

The young Baggies, who have just five league games left, take on Stoke City at the Palm Training Ground on Monday afternoon. 

“I’ve challenged the players to win as many as they can from now until the end of the campaign,” said Shan.

“Last time around against Stoke we probably had our best 45 minutes of the season in the first half.

“In the second half the game changed because of the two red cards, and we struggled to manage it from there and Stoke gained the momentum and won the match.

“They’re a couple of places above us in the league and they’ve had some mixed results in their last few games.

“We’re looking to build some momentum from the performance last week, where we had a really young side out and we played well and were very unlucky to not at least come away with a draw.

“Hopefully a positive result on Monday will stand us in good stead for the following week when we play Alvechurch in the Birmingham Senior Cup.”

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 1 Stoke City PL2 1

12 March 2018

ALBION’s under-23s drew 1-1 with Stoke City at a rainy Palm Training Ground in a Premier League 2 Division Two clash.

The Potters had the first chance of the game after just eight minutes when Alex Palmer was forced into saving Tre Pemberton’s effort. 

Soon it was the Baggies’ chance to try and break the deadlock when first Nathan Ferguson’s header was cleared off the line before Jonathan Leko’s shot was pushed away by Josef Bursik.

Palmer then had to save from Oliver Shenton when the Stoke man was through on goal to ensure that the sides went into the break level.

With 73 minutes on the clock Albion did manage to go ahead, though, as substitute Finn Azaz latched onto a defensive error to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the net.

But they were denied all three points with just a few minutes remaining thanks to Nathan Collins’ headed goal, with neither team able to go on and find a winner after that.

ALBION: Palmer, Ferguson, Jameson, McCourt; Meredith, Harper, Bradley, Harmon; Leko (Brown 87), Morton, Clayton-Phillips (Azaz 70).

Substitutes: Przybek, Wilding, Soule.

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