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02 November 2017 Venue Aggborough Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Sheffield United U23

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Match Previews

Shan previews "different" cup game

2 November 2017

ALBION's PL2 boss James Shan is looking forward to taking on a fresh challenge in the Premier League Cup this evening.

The Baggies host Sheffield United in their second Group E fixture at Aggborough tonight (ko 7pm).

“The league campaign is what it is at the moment, but this cup competition gives us the chance to pick up some points and look to progress,” said Shan.

“It’s nice to have a different match to normal. In our first Premier League Cup game against Villa, it almost seemed like it was just another league match.

“We actually know quite a bit about Sheffield United even though they aren't in our division. I did a couple of courses with their Academy Manager Travis Binnion and got to know him well.

“They play Birmingham in their league, and my good friend Richard Beale is the under-23 manager there, so I’ve got an insight into what they do and how they do things from him.

“They’ll be very similar to us in terms of age and stage, so I’ve said to our boys that it’s going to be a rarity to come up against a team who are comparable in age to us.

“We’ll be back to our core squad for the game, and I’m looking forward to a performance where hopefully we can be a bit more dominant.”

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 0 Sheffield United U23s 1

2 November 2017

ALBION's PL2 side were undone by a stoppage time goal to lose 1-0 against Sheffield United under-23s in the Premier League Cup.

United had the first real opportunity of the game on 10 minutes when Tyler Smith's shot was pushed around the post by Brad House.

Albion then had a chance of their own in first half stoppage time as the ball fell to Nick Clayton-Phillips on the edge of the box, but his powerful drive was saved by Hugo Warhurst.

After the break it was much the same, with House again making a good save to keep out another effort from Smith.

Regan Slater then hit the bar for The Blades with just over quarter of an hour to go, and substitute Jamie Soule saw his header float inches wide for Albion not long after.

Four minutes into stoppage time United stole the win thanks to a long-range shot from Nathan Thomas that curled into the top corner.

ALBION: House, Melbourne, Martinez, Jameson, Soleman; Brown, Bradley (Wilding 60); Tulloch, Azaz (Soule 80), McCourt (Clayton-Phillips 45); Pierce.

Substitutes: Przybeck, Harmon.

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