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11 February 2019 Venue Keys Park Attendance

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West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Bournemouth U23

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Smith calls for consistency to aid PL Cup progression

11 February 2019

Jamie Smith says if Albion Under-23s can match their recent standards then they are in a good position to progress from the Premier League Cup group stage.

The young Baggies take on AFC Bournemouth U23s at Keys Park, the home of Hednesford Town, on Monday, February 11 (ko 7pm). 

Heading into their penultimate PL Cup group stage fixture, Albion have five points to their name - and Smith is confident of his side's progression if they can keep up their performance levels against the Cherries.

"We have a good chance," said Smith.



"As long as we can maintain the level of our performances and be as clinical as we have been, then we have every chance.

"It was a good game down there and they are a good team who, like us, like to play attacking football - so it will be another tough game for us."

Albion's game comes just two days after the Baggies first team beat Stoke City 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium, whilst the under-18s progressed in the FA Youth Cup by winning 2-1 against Arsenal, which could have an impact on Smith's team selection.

However, Jamie insists his side have worked around tricky schedules before, and will head into the tie with Bournemouth with an air of confidence about them having recently beaten Norwich U23s 6-2 on the road.

"We have been threatening to do that for some time now," Smith added.

"Our performances have been very good, just the results haven't always gone the same way, but against Norwich it all came together and we were clinical."

"The squad will be affected with the first team and youth team both playing so close and also the loan players not being available. It will have an impact.

"We have had a good number of under-18s in the squad this season and they played in the FA Youth Cup game on Saturday, so it will be a tough week for some of them but they have done it before and adapted well."

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11 February 2019

Albion Under-23s were unlucky not to beat AFC Bournemouth Under-23s in Premier League Cup G, drawing 1-1 in a hard-fought battle at Keys Park.

The result means Albion's fate in the competition will be decided in their last group game against Burnley - with both teams having six points in the group so far.

Jaidon Anthony put the Cherries ahead, but Finn Azaz levelled for the Baggies, who were unlucky not to secure all three points after an onslaught of late pressure.

Albion went close early on, as Sam Wilding won possession in a promising position and played a pass to Jamie Soule, who poked goalwards, but Mark Travers made a good low save to keep out the Baggies.

The Cherries replied; Palmer made an excellent stop to keep Bournemouth out - but they would go ahead minutes later through Anthony, who latched onto a low cross and eased the ball into the corner of the Albion net past Palmer.

The visitors surged forwards once more, and Dinesh Gillela played through Sam Surridge, but the Cherries striker dragged his shot just wide.

Albion were up for the battle though, and Morgan Rogers slipped Soule through on goal. The young striker fired goalwards, only for his shot to be saved once more by the outstretched Travers.

The Baggies started the second-half the brighter of the two sides. Soule was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after he was brought down just outside the box.

Then, Rogers and Soule combined once more. The 16-year-old midfielder lofted a cross onto the head of Albion's striker, but Travers made another good save.

Albion would level with just over five minutes to play. Rogers played a pass into Soule, who swivelled and linked up with the oncoming Finn Azaz, who tucked home a shot into the corner.

The closing moments of the game would see Albion create, and fail to take, several late chances. Travers made a handful of good saves and the Baggies would see a strong penalty claim waved away when Max Melbourne was brought down in the box.

With little time left on the clock, Cherries defender Jack Simpson saw red for pulling down Stanley Asomugha, but it didn't help the Baggies - who were unfortunate not to end the night with all three points.

ALBION: Palmer; Gardner-Hickman, Ferguson, Melbourne, Healy (Brown 81), Harmon; Wilding, Azaz, Rogers; Asomugha, Soule.

Subsitutions: Gilbert, Pierce, Taylor, Martinez.

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