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18 April 2019 Venue WBA Training Ground Attendance

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West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Southampton PL2

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Burton previews Southampton showdown

17 April 2019

Albion’s PL2 side will take on title-chasing Southampton at Palm Training Ground on Thursday afternoon, and Deon Burton says the young Baggies will go into the clash with a positive mindset (ko 3pm).

Last time out the Throstles managed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United in a game that the Baggies were unfortunate not to win after an impressive performance.

And it will be up to Albion to derail Southampton’s Premier League 2 Division Two promotion hopes. The Saints are currently one point off the top two, but have a game in hand which means if they beat the Baggies they will go top. 

“They are going to be physical and in our faces,” said Deon.

“They are up the top of the league for a reason. They have got a big under-23s squad so they probably train together every day so they know each other and what they are good at. 

“It’s going to be a tough test for us. But off the back of playing Man United at Old Trafford and getting a result - and in my opinion maybe we could have come away with three points - it is good to be on a positive foot going into the game.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing how the team have developed from the first half of the season into the second half of the season.

“They all seem to be developing and growing and taking on information and using it to the best of their ability and they are getting their rewards as individuals and as a team.”

“We started slow. In their big stadium it took our players a while to get used to the dimensions and knowing their boundaries, but once we got into the game after the first 20 minutes the boys grew into it and credit to them they did everything that was asked of them. 

“You could see towards the end of the game their legs had gone and we were kicking on. I think if we had an extra five minutes of the game we could have nicked it.”

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 1 Southampton PL2 1

18 April 2019

Albion fought back from a goal behind to earn a 1-1 draw with PL2 Division Two title-contenders Southampton on Thursday afternoon.

Morgan Rogers fired home a late free-kick as the Baggies dominated the second half at Palm Training Ground, with Deon Burton’s men creating a host of goalscoring opportunities before and after the 16-year-old’s equaliser. 
James Morrison got 45 minutes under his belt as he builds on his fitness, while fellow first-team players Wes Hoolahan and Tyrone Mears grabbed valuable game time. 
The visitors came out firing at the beginning of the encounter with Tyreke Johnson stinging the gloves of Brad House from the edge of the box. 
Johnson again led the surge for the Saints moments later, curling just over from the same distance.  
Smallbone gave Southampton their lead from the penalty spot, firing to the left of House, after Johnson was felled by Melbourne. 
Albion dominated after Saints netted the game’s opener, with Finn Azaz, Jonathan Leko and Rogers all combining with Hoolahan to create a number of chances. 
The Baggies earned their equaliser with 14 minutes remaining. Rogers drove the ball 30 yards, passing three Saints defenders, before he was hacked down inside the ‘D’. The youngster dusted himself down before floating the resulting free-kick over the wall and under the bar.
Leko almost gave Albion the lead a few minutes later but his goal-bound shot, following a burst from the right wing, was blocked inside the six-yard box. 
Tulloch did the same from the left moments later - but his fierce left-foot effort was well saved by former Baggies stopper Jack Rose from 10 yards. 
Rogers drove a half-volley just over the woodwork from 20 yards late on, but Burton’s men were forced to settle for a point.
ALBION: House; Melbourne, Ferguson, Solanke; Mears (Meredith 60), Rogers, Morrison (Azaz HT), Harmon; Leko, Hoolahan, Tulloch (Asomugha 84). 
Substitutes: Griffiths, Healy.

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