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01 February 2019 Venue Colney Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Norwich City PL2
2 - 6
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Smith expects 'open' game at Norwich

31 January 2019

Albion Under-23s boss Jamie Smith is looking forward to a free-flowing game as his young Baggies travel to Norwich City in the Premier League 2 Division Two on Friday (ko 7pm).

Smith's side could overtake the Canaries in the league table if they were to win at the Colney Training Centre - and Jamie is anticipating an exciting clash in East Anglia.

And a 1-1 draw last time out against Liverpool in the Premier League Cup has added to Jamie's enthusiasm to see his side face Norwich.

"I was delighted with the players, the way they played at Liverpool," he said.

"They had a lot of possession for large parts of the game and we dealt with it really well, and on the back of that our counter attack play was excellent and we had some fantastic chances.

"I think it will probably be a bit more of an open game at Norwich with the way that they play.

"They are a very very good footballing team, very expansive so I am expecting it to be a bit more of an open game and hopefully this time we can take our chances.



"Our team is looking young, with quite a few players out on loan so we'll be a young team with a lot of the scholars from the Under-18s playing."

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Norwich City PL2 2 Albion PL2 6

1 February 2019

Albion Under-23s eased to a 6-2 victory in an eight-goal thriller in their Premier League 2 Division Two match against Norwich City.

Albion topped a dominant performance in East Anglia with four goals from Morgan Rogers and a double from Jamie Soule.

Norwich scored twice through Alfie Payne and Adam Idah but Albion fought off the Canaries with relative ease to secure an impressive victory on the road.

Rogers warned the Canaries of his danger early on, hitting the bar from a long-range free-kick. 

The hosts didn't pay attention though, and Rogers didn't take long to put the Baggies ahead.

Soule chased down Atli Barkarson to win the ball on the wing and crossed to Rogers, who took a touch and then volleyed past Nick Hayes in the Norwich goal.

Rogers would link up with Soule once more, this time the scorer turned provider, as he set up the Albion striker to slot home his first of the evening - a chance that the young forward made the most of.

Jamie Smith’s side would go further in front just before half-time, as a wonderful sweeping move from the Baggies fell to Rogers who whipped a strike into the top corner.

And the Albion midfielder secured his hat trick at the start of the second half. 

Soule won the ball in a promising position and slipped Rogers through on goal, allowing Albion’s playmaker to tuck the ball past Hayes once more.

The Canaries would score their first of the evening moments later, as Alfie Payne was slipped through on goal and poked home despite Brad House and George Harmon both pouncing upon the Norwich striker. 

It counted for little, though, as Rogers continued his demolition of the Canaries defence - adding his fourth of the evening with a low-curling effort from the edge of the box.

Norwich struck back immediately, with Adam Idah scoring from close-range, but Albion added to the quick-fire scoring as Soule grabbed his second of the evening, side-footing in a low shot from inside the box.

ALBION: House, Gardner-Hickman, Ferguson, Solanke, Harmon; Melbourne, Azaz, Brown (Ashton 84); Rogers, Soule, Trialist (Asomugha 78).

Substitutes: Pierce, Healy, Ty

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