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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

27 November 2017 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers PL2
2 - 2
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Shan ahead of Blackburn Rovers clash

26 November 2017

Premier League 2 boss Jimmy Shan looks on

JAMES Shan is "expecting a really tough challenge" from Blackburn in their Premier League 2 Division Two fixture on Monday.

His PL2 side travel up to Lancashire to take on a Rovers team that sit second in the league table, and Shan is under no illusions about the task that lies ahead of them.

“They’re very resilient and difficult to break down, so it’s going to be hard to get in behind them and create goalscoring opportunities," he said.

“They’ll also cause us problems at the other end. They are a good footballing team and they play with a lot of attacking flair - so I’m expecting a really tough challenge."

Albion were narrowly defeated 1-0 by table-topping Middlesbrough last time out, but Shan was encouraged by their performance and hopes they can repeat it against Blackburn.

“There were many positives against Middlesbrough in terms of possession and having more crosses, shots and final third entries than them,” he added. 

“I was disappointed with the nature of how we conceded the goal, but I thought we edged the first half and we should have probably been ahead at half time.

“And then we had two penalty decisions turned away in the second half, so we were a little bit frustrated to have come away with nothing.

“Kyle Howkins has been away at Cambridge and hasn’t been getting many minutes, and he came on as a substitute. He’s had a good week of training under his belt and is in contention to play against Blackburn.

“And I thought Tahvon Campbell was very good and one of the most effective players on the pitch last Monday, so hopefully he can build on his performance.”

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Match Reports

Blackburn Rovers PL2 2 Albion PL2 2

27 November 2017

ALBION’s PL2 side played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers on a bitterly cold evening in Lancashire.

Rovers enjoyed plenty of early possession and went close through Lewis Mansell and Will Tomlinson, who both saw efforts go just wide. 

Eight minutes before the break Albion took the lead, though, as substitute Nick Clayton-Phillips finished fantastically into the bottom left corner.

After half time it took Blackburn just a couple of minutes to equalise when Kyle Howkins directed Tomlinson’s cross into his own net.

The Baggies then went back in front on 62 minutes as Zak Brown let fly from outside the box, and his shot flew through a crowd of players and past goalkeeper Andrew Fisher.

With 10 minutes to go Rovers were awarded a penalty for a handball in the area, and Lewis Hardcastle made no mistake in cooly converting it.

Blackburn could have stolen all three points in stoppage time when Tomlinson hit the post, but Albion held on to claim an encouraging draw.

ALBION: Palmer, Howkins, Hunt, Jameson, Ferguson, Melbourne (Wilding 80); Brown, Azaz (Soleman 82); Tulloch (Clayton-Phillips 27), Morton, Campbell.

Substitues: House, Pierce.

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