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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

01 October 2018 Venue The Hawthorns Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
3 - 2
Stoke City PL2

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Match Previews

Smith previews Stoke PL2 clash

30 September 2018

JAMIE Smith believes it’s important that his players pick up where they left off when Stoke City visit The Hawthorns on Monday evening (ko 7pm).

The young Baggies, with the help of Oli Burke and James Morrison, claimed an encouraging 0-0 draw away at Reading in their last outing - and Smith hopes they can build on that showing against the Potters. 

“It was a really good performance down at Reading, who had been doing really well and were top scorers in the league before last week. To keep a clean sheet was really pleasing,” said Jamie.

“Again the first-team lads who played - Morrison and Burke - showed what excellent professionals they are with their performance and also helping the younger players in the team.

“It was also good to get some reward from the performance with a point as we haven’t always got what we deserved from games this season.

“It’s now important to show those same levels of performance and build on that against Stoke.”

Jamie is also looking forward to seeing how Albion’s youngsters adapt to playing at The Hawthorns, and believes matches like this are an important part of his side’s development.

“It’ll be great for the players to experience playing at the Hawthorns,” he added.

“It’s always good to have that big stadium feel that can affect young players. It’s something they have to experience and deal with if they are to go on and have a professional career.

“Stoke will be a very hard working and front-foot mentality type team. They like to play, build possession and get players forward into dangerous areas - so it will be a very tough game for us.”

Tickets for the fixture are available on the gate for just £5 adults and £1 concessions, or entry is free is you're a season-ticket holder.

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 3 Stoke City PL2 2

1 October 2018

AN Albion PL2 side containing James Morrison and Oliver Burke recorded their first win of the season by beating Stoke City 3-2 in a thrilling game at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies took the lead inside 11 minutes as Burke latched onto an excellent pass from Morrison before cutting inside and smashing the ball into the top corner.

It was then Stoke's turn to have an early spell of pressure as Alex Palmer saved Mark Waddington's effort and Tre Pemberton shot just wide.

Midway through the half Albion went close to doubling their advantage when Jon Leko played a clever one-two with Callum Morton, but the former could only squeeze the ball inches wide.

The Potters had a chance to equalise just before half-time when, following confusion in the box, Josh Tymon found plenty of space - but he stabbed his shot just past the post.

After the break Albion started strongly and went two ahead on 51 minutes through Rekeem Harper's tap-in after great build-up play from Morrison and Burke.

Stoke pegged a goal back seven minutes later, though, when substitute Krisztofer Szereto's low shot from inside the area beat Palmer and deflected in off Kyle Howkins.

The away side then levelled the game on 79 minutes when Oliver Shenton headed in from close-range.

But it was Jamie Smith's men who stole the win with just three minutes remaining thanks to Leko's acrobatic effort.

Leko's night ended slightly prematurely shortly after when he was shown harsh second yellow card in stoppage time, but Albion managed to see the game out and claim a maiden three points.

ALBION: Palmer, Meredith, Healy, Howkins, Ferguson, Harmon; Morrison, Leko, Harper; Morton, Burke (Clayton-Phillips 69).

Substitutes: Keranovic, Wilding, Bradley, Azaz.

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