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19 October 2018 Venue Motspur Park Attendance

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Fulham PL2
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Smith keen to continue run

18 October 2018

JAMIE Smith is challenging his under-23s to resume their good form when they return from the international break to take on Fulham this Friday (ko 7pm).

The young Baggies are on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions after a draw with Reading at the end of September was followed up by wins over Stoke City and Liverpool - as well as a maiden Checkatrade Trophy triumph at Blackpool. 

And Jamie is hopeful his side will pick up where they left off when they go to Motspur Park for the Premier League 2 Division Two clash.

“I’ve said to the players that it’s part of their development to become consistent,” he said.

“So far this season they have been with their performances, and hopefully we can be consistent with results now to keep the run going.

“Confidence is high and you can see that in training with the way that they’re working. They’ve got smiles on their faces, they’re starting to try things and be expressive.

“The international break was very good for us. We had an opportunity to have a couple of days off and give the lads a rest.

“In fairness to them they then came back ready to work again and it’s been a good week.

“We’re expecting a tough game as always. We’ve seen clips of Fulham and they’re a very good team, especially if you let them play, because they’re creative and athletic. It’ll be another good test.”

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Fulham PL2 0 Albion PL2 3

19 October 2018

A superb performance from Albion’s under-23s ensured they beat Fulham 3-0 at Motspur Park to continue their impressive run of form.

The Premier League 2 Division Two victory means Jamie Smith’s side have now recorded four successive triumphs in all competitions. 

The Baggies went in front on nine minutes when Nick Clayton-Phillips played a fantastic through ball to Oliver Burke, who made no mistake dispatching his low effort in at the near post.

That lead was then doubled 19 minutes later as Jonathan Leko’s brilliant run finished with a pinpoint pass to Clayton-Phillips, with the forward keeping his composure to slot the ball home.

In between flashes of fantastic build-up play and long spells of possession Albion had to remain resolute - owing their two-goal lead at the break in part to a series of good Alex Palmer saves.

After half-time both sides had the chance to get that all-important third goal with Palmer again keeping Fulham at bay before both Clayton-Phillips and Burke fired wide down the other end.

With less than 10 minutes remaining the Baggies did get another to finish the game off, though, when Clayton-Phillips and Burke combined again to see the latter complete his brace.

The home side did hit the crossbar as the match went into stoppage time, but in the end it was three goals and three points for Albion.

ALBION: Palmer, Ferguson, Howkins, Healy; Meredith, Wilding, Harper, Harmon (Rogers 45); Clayton-Phillips (Azaz 88), Burke (Tulloch 90), Leko.

Substitutes: Przybek, Morton.

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