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29 October 2018 Venue Aggborough Attendance

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West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Aston Villa PL2

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Smith ahead of Villa 'battle'

28 October 2018

JAMIE Smith is hoping his side’s good form will help them on to a derby win against Aston Villa in Monday night’s Premier League 2 Division Two clash at Aggborough (ko 7pm).

The young Baggies, facing a Villa team who sit fifth in the table with 15 points from their opening eight league outings, go into the game having extended their winning run to five matches following a Birmingham Senior Cup triumph at Rushall Olympic earlier in the week. 

And Jamie has been full of praise for his squad ahead of the fixture, with the Albion under-23s boss also keen to point out the influence his assistant Deon Burton has had since joining in the summer.

“These games always have a little extra to them,” he said.

“We know Villa have some good young players. We’ve had some good battles with them at this level in the past.

“But we’re coming into this game with great momentum, and we’ll be looking to continue that on Monday evening.

“It’s been great working with Deon. He was an attacker and I was more of a defender so it’s given a really good balance to our coaching set-up.

“All the coaching staff have been excellent and really supportive of the players, and now we’re starting to see the results.”

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Albion PL2 1 Aston Villa PL2 1

29 October 2018

ALBION’s under-23s drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in a Premier League 2 Division Two clash at Aggborough.

A number of senior players joined up with Jamie Smith’s side for the fixture to get 90 minutes under their belt, and they played a big part in creating and scoring the opening goal inside seven minutes. 

Oliver Burke picked up the ball in the middle of the park before going on a surging run, laying the ball out wide for Wes Hoolahan to whip in a superb cross which Hal Robson-Kanu made no mistake in lashing home.

Villa tested Jonathan Bond a number of times soon after and went closest to finding the back of the net when Jordan Cox’s shot from range curled just wide.

The Baggies could have extended their lead before the break when more quick build-up play found Robson-Kanu again - though the forward could only strike into the hands of Matija Sarkic.

After half-time both sides initially struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with Hoolahan sparking the game into life on 75 minutes after he was unfortunate not to double Albion’s lead with a good run and shot that couldn’t quite sneak in at the near post.

Instead it was Villa that scored the second of the game with just 13 minutes left as Cox slotted a composed finish past Jonathan Bond.

The home side pushed forward to try and find a winner as the game drew to a close, but in the end the pressure came to nothing and the points were shared.

ALBION: Bond, Ferguson, Howkins, Field; Mears, Edwards, Hoolahan, Harper, Leko; Burke, Robson-Kanu.

Substitutes: Keranovic, Meredith, Wilding, Clayton-Phillips, Morton.

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