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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

15 October 2017 Venue Carrow Road Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Norwich City PL2
1 - 1
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Shan: We must take confidence to Norwich

14 October 2017

ALBION’s under-23s boss James Shan believes his side need to build on their midweek win when they travel to Norwich in a Premier League 2 clash on Sunday.

His young Baggies team recorded a 3-1 win over Coventry Sphinx on Wednesday night in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup thanks to two goals from Nick Clayton-Phillips and one from Kyle Jameson. 

“There’s a good feeling around the team after midweek I think. A win at any level is a win,” said Shan.

“To score three goals and to get that feeling of being able to dominate and control the game - hopefully that will give the boys confidence for Sunday’s match.

“We’ve now got a settled squad, and that will be our squad in pretty much any competition that we play in.

“They’re now all back fit and raring to go. Obviously the game in midweek gives me a bit of a headache with team selection because there were some good performances."

But Shan is under no illusions as to the strength of Albion’s opposition, and thinks The Canaries could even field players that are in and around their first team.

“Having looked at them, they’re a real attacking threat. They have a front four that play quite high and look to probe and penetrate.

“The game was originally meant to be played at their training ground but it’s been moved to Carrow Road, so that kind of gives us an indication that maybe Norwich will include some senior players.”

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Match Reports

Norwich PL2 1 Albion PL2 1

15 October 2017

ALBION’s under-23s earned a 1-1 draw with Norwich City in a Premier League 2 clash at Carrow Road.

Alex Bradley gave away a penalty to Norwich on 10 minutes, but Baggies goalkeeper Brad House produced a fantastic save down to his left to keep out Todd Cantwell’s effort from 12 yards. 

House was in inspired form as 15 minutes later he made a double save to keep the game goalless.

With 41 minutes gone Albion then took the lead when Evan Pierce managed to find the bottom corner with a low shot.

Norwich equalised two minutes later, though, when Glenn Middleton latched onto a knock-down from a corner to head into the back of the net.

After the break the Baggies were awarded a penalty themselves when Callum Morton was brought down by Grant Hanley, but Bradley’s powerful spot-kick was saved by Aston Oxborough.

Both sides had chances to win the game, most notably when Nick Clayton-Phillips headed over in added time, but the teams had to settle for a point each. 

ALBION: House, Soleman, Ferguson, Jameson, Harmon (Melbourne, 55); Clayton-Phillips, Chambers, Bradley, McCourt (Brown 75); Morton (Azaz 55), Pierce.

Substitutes: Pryzbek, Martinez.

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