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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

20 October 2017 Venue St George's Park Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Stoke City PL2
4 - 2
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Shan ahead of Midlands PL2 derby

19 October 2017

JAMES Shan has challenged his players to build on their last two games by beating Stoke City in the Premier League 2 on Friday evening.

The game, taking place at St George’s Park, offers Albion’s under-23s the chance to make it three games unbeaten following a Birmingham Senior Cup win last week and a PL2 draw at Norwich on Sunday. 

“The most recent couple of matches give us plenty of encouragement in terms of positive results,” said Shan.

“Last week we picked up a dominant victory, scored goals and had plenty of possession, and then we went to Carrow Road and weren't quite able to repeat that.

“I thought Norwich were more dominant than us, but we showed good character and determination to get a point. It gives us a platform to build on.

“Stoke have had a similar season to us in terms of their form and their results. I think they’re on a losing streak of four games now, so they’ll be looking at us and they will be targeting this game for a win - but we’re doing exactly the same.”

Shan also picked out goalkeeper Brad House for individual praise following an impressive showing in East Anglia on the weekend.

“Brad was excellent. He’s been a product of training really well and having his goalkeeping coach Mark Naylor sing his praises,” Shan added.

“With Alex Palmer going up into the first team for their game at Leicester, all Brad’s discipline and hard work came to the forefront on Sunday.

“So I’m really pleased for him. He’s probably been sat there a little bit frustrated but his patience has been rewarded and hopefully he can keep it up against Stoke.”

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Match Reports

Stoke City PL2 4 Albion PL2 2

20 October 2017

ALBION's PL2 side lost 4-2 to Stoke City on a bitterly cold evening at St George's Park despite an excellent first half display.

Callum Morton opened the scoring for the Baggies on 15 minutes when he latched onto a goalkeeping error to turn and hammer the ball in from close range.

With 26 minutes on the clock Morton then doubled his tally after he was played through on goal by a fantastic Kyle Jameson pass, and the forward made no mistake in slotting it home.

Stoke had a chance to pull one back when they were awarded a penalty 12 minutes before the break, but Daniel Jarvis' effort from the spot went wide.

They went close again just after the hour mark when Tyrese Campbell's shot came back off the post.

After half time goalscorer Morton was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident.

On 67 minutes Albion were then reduced to nine men as Nathan Ferguson was then sent off for a challenge on Oliver Shenton.

The Potters halved the deficit with quarter of an hour to go through Campbell.

And Stoke equalised three minutes later when substitute Shola Ayoola smashed the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

In the 87th minute the home side then went in front when Campbell pounced on Brad House's goal kick before finishing into the bottom corner.

Stoke scored their fourth and final goal in added time thanks to Ayoola's second of the game.

ALBION: House, Soleman, Ferguson, Jameson, Melbourne; Clayton-Phillips (Tulloch 81), Brown (Martinez 62), Bradley, McCourt (Harmon 90); Azaz, Morton.

Substitutes: Przybek, Soule.

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