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14 January 2019 Venue Northumberland FA Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Newcastle United PL2
4 - 2
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Smith: Young Baggies desperate to bounce back

13 January 2019

JAMIE Smith says his Under-23 side are keen to put right last week’s derby defeat when they travel up to Newcastle on Monday evening (ko 7pm).

Albion’s youngsters go to Tyneside in search of their first Premier League 2 Division Two win of 2019 having been beaten by Wolves at Aggborough last time out. 

And Smith believes he’s seen enough from his players at Palm Training Ground since then to give him hope ahead of the clash with the Magpies.

“I’ve definitely seen a reaction from them in training this week,” he said.

“As I’ve said most of this season, they are a good group of lads and players that have the right mentality and attitude.

“Newcastle beat us in the first match of the season, so we’re expecting another tough game from them.

“It’s a long trip for us, but if the boys put in a performance like they did in the second-half against Wolves then it’ll give us a good opportunity.

“It looks like it could be a young squad that we take up there, but it’s a chance for them to grab the opportunity and hopefully they will.”

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Match Reports

Newcastle United PL2 4 Albion PL2 2

14 January 2019

ALBION Under-23s were defeated by a clinical Newcastle United side despite an encouraging performance at Whitley Park.

Jamie Smith’s young team, which included six scholars, dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game and struck the post twice, Morgan Rogers the unfortunate player on both occasions. 

A brilliant attacking move midway through the first-half finally saw the Baggies open the scoring, though, when Nick Clayton-Phillips finished well from inside the area.

Sam Wilding had a header scrambled off the line as Albion looked to double their lead, but instead it was Newcastle who turned the game on its head - George Harmon putting the ball into his own net minutes before Oisin McEntee smashed home from close-range.

After the break it was the Magpies who started stronger and furthered their advantage when Achraf Lazaar’s cross was headed in at the back post by Rosaire Longelo.

The Baggies then hauled themselves back in the match on 69 minutes when Jamie Soule converted Rayhaan Tulloch’s cross following a superb run by the England youth international.

Soule side-footed over soon after as Albion threw everything at Newcastle in a desperate attempt to earn a deserved point on Tyneside.

However, it was United that claimed the all-important sixth goal to seal the win as Yannick Toure’s low strike went in off the post with less than 15 minutes remaining.

ALBION: Palmer, Solanke (Soule 60), Wilding, Healy; Gardner-Hickman, Meredith, Azaz, Harmon; Rogers, Tulloch, Clayton-Phillips (Allen 60).

Substitutes: House, Taylor, Brown.

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