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30 November 2018 Venue Keys Park Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
2 - 2
Burnley U23

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Smith keen on PL Cup progress

29 November 2018

JAMIE Smith is hoping his young Baggies can take another step towards the Premier League Cup knockout stages when they host Burnley at Keys Park on Friday night (ko 7pm).

Albion’s under-23s have beaten Liverpool and lost at Bournemouth in the competition so far, leaving them sat second as we approach Group C’s midway point.

And Jamie has admitted that, following Checkatrade Trophy heartbreak earlier in the month, his team has an added motivation to do well in the PL Cup.

“We see every competition that we enter as important, they’re all matches that you want to win,” he said.

“But unfortunately we’re out of the Checkatrade Trophy, so there is definitely a focus on trying to progress in the Premier League Cup now.

“It’s a game that we’re looking forward to and hopefully we can get a victory."

Burnley are currently sat bottom of the group after a difficult start to their challenge, but Smith is insisting his side will still have to be at their best to pick up the three points.

“They lost 7-1 to Bournemouth away from home, but looking at the rest of their fixtures that was definitely a freak result," he added.

“Looking at their league position they’re doing really well in that, and they drew with Liverpool in their last PL Cup game so it’ll be a tough game for us.”

Entry at Hednesford's Keys Park is priced at £5 adults and £1 concessions.

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 2 Burnley U23s 2

1 December 2018

ALBION’s under-23s drew 2-2 in a Premier League Cup game with Burnley on a bitter night at Keys Park.

First-team players Conor Townsend, Bakary Sako, Tyrone Mears, Sam Field and Oliver Burke joined up with Jamie Smith’s side for the fixture as they looked to get minutes under their belt ahead of a busy December period.

In an end-to-end start, Burnley’s Dan Agyei had a header cleared off the line before Jonathan Leko saw his powerful effort palmed away down the other end.

But just as Albion were starting to gain control of the game it was the Clarets who found an opening goal, Marley Blair hitting a stunning curler into the top corner which Alex Palmer could do nothing about.

It took just five minutes for the Baggies to equalise, though, as Rekeem Harper scrambled the ball home from close-range.

After the break Albion picked up where they left off and, on 65 minutes, took the lead when Dan Meredith finished well following a good run and lay-off from Burke.

However, Agyei’s low strike with 15 minutes left to play ensured that the points were to be shared in the PL Cup Group C clash.

ALBION: Palmer, Mears, Ferguson, Howkins, Townsend (Healy 45); Meredith, Harper (Wilding 82), Field; Sako, Burke, Leko.

Substitues: Keranovic, Azaz, Rogers.

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