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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

01 March 2019 Venue Tameside Stadium Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Burnley U23
1 - 0
West Bromwich Albion PL2

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PL Cup qualification the aim for Smith’s youngsters

28 February 2019

ALBION Under-23s have the chance to reach the Premier League Cup knockout stages when they take on Burnley in a winner-takes-all clash on Friday afternoon (ko 2pm).

The young Baggies will finish top of Group C if they can beat the Clarets at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium, though a draw or defeat will see them eliminated despite an encouraging campaign. 

Boss Jamie Smith believes the game will be a good challenge for his side and hopes they’ll get the chance to test themselves further by qualifying for the next round.

“It’s an exciting prospect because it would give the players another experience in their young careers that will help them in years to come,” said Smith.

“Knockout football and cup competitions, learning how to win games and understanding the importance of winning as well as putting in performances all become more relevant as they get older so these matches are vital to their development.

“We have a good chance and it’s a game we are very much looking forward to, especially after the FA Youth Cup win because a lot of our squad played in that and are in a good place at the moment.

“It would be another fantastic achievement for them to progress through the group stages here.”

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Match Reports

Burnley PL2 1 Albion PL2 0

1 March 2019

Albion Under-23s exited the Premier League Cup at the group stage after a 1-0 loss to Burnley Under-23s.

Dan Agyei put the hosts ahead within the first two minutes, scoring the goal that proved to be the difference, as Burnley leapfrogged the Baggies in Premier League Cup Group C to progress to the knockout stages.

Albion searched for a way back into the game in the second-half but despite having several chances succumbed to a defeat at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium. 

The Clarets started the brighter of the two sides, with their opening goal coming almost immediately.

Tunde Bayode made progress down the flank before whipping a searching cross into the box that was met by Dan Agyei, who swept his effort past Alex Palmer in the Albion net.

In a half of few chances, a Morgan Rogers effort was deflected into the welcoming arms of Adam Legzdins before Jonathan Leko stung the goalkeeper's gloves with a powerful drive.

After the restart Rayhaan Tulloch went close on two occasions for the Baggies, with Smith’s side in the ascendency.

A flurry of halfchances followed; Finn Azaz dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box, Leko fired a long range effort just wide and Tulloch fizzed an outside-of-the-boot attempt over the bar.

But the hosts held strong and with the time running out for the Baggies, the chances dried up. 

The hosts went close once more at the end through Agyei, but Palmer was equal to it.

ALBION: Palmer; Ferguson, Solanke, Healy; Gardner-Hickman, Rogers, Azaz, Melbourne; Edwards, Leko (Asomugha 86), Tulloch.

Substitutes: House, Delaney, Brown, Gilbert.

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