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03 February 2020 Venue Bodymoor Heath Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Aston Villa PL2
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Burton braced for ‘exciting’ Villa PL2 clash

3 February 2020

Deon Burton says he is looking forward to an entertaining game when Albion Under-23s take on Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground on Monday night (ko 7pm).

The Baggies have won their last three league games and clocked up a third consecutive Premier League Cup win last time out, beating Hull City 2-1. They sit third in the Premier League 2 Division Two table, while their opposition are fifth and have won two of their last five league games.

And Burton believes his team are prepared for a lively encounter.

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"Villa are going to be young, they’ll get in your face and play with a high tempo. They will try to play through the lines so it is going to be a good exciting game, and it’s one I am looking forward to, and so are our players.

“I thought we did well in difficult circumstances against Hull and played the conditions well to grind out a result. The tempo could have been better but we kept going until the end and Jamie Soule popped up with the winner. 

“The performance was okay but I am always striving to try and improve the lads and make them better. We’re never content with how we’ve played as there can always be improvements. It was good to see Carrick Hill make the step up from our under-18s and get his first run out for the under-23s. 

“This week has been good. We have spent a lot of it focusing on Villa, with a little bit of reflection on the Hull game. We will look to put a good performance in again on Monday.”

The game is a sell-out and supporters are urged not to attend if they do not have a ticket.

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Match Reports

Villa PL2 0 Albion PL2 1

3 February 2020

Albion’s PL2 side recorded a 1-0 victory against local rivals Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath training ground on Monday night.

A brilliant Nick Clayton-Phillips strike within the opening quarter of an hour proved to be the difference in a lively derby, in which Albion stopper Josh Griffiths saved a first-half penalty.

The Baggies took the lead when a George Harmon cross was deflected into the path of Clayton-Phillips by Jamie Soule, leaving the winger to rifle home into the roof of the net from inside the box.

Albion had chances to extend their lead; Finn Azaz had a shot blocked at the last moment by Villa 'keeper Viljami Sinisalo, Soule curled an effort off the post from the edge of the box while Rayhaan Tulloch hit the side-netting with a strike.

With the visitors failing to add to their advantage, the Villains looked to get back on level terms.

Keinan Davis struck the crossbar from close range, and then they had a chance to equalise from the spot after Saul Shotton was judged to have brought down Michael Tait.

However, Josh Griffiths made a diving save to his left to stop Tyreik Wright from the spot and keep Albion’s advantage intact. 

Tulloch had the Baggies’ best chance of the second half and while the hosts created multiple opportunities, Albion battled hard to keep Villa at bay and complete a hard-fought victory on the road.

ALBION: Griffiths; Fitzwater, Shotton, Williams, Harmon; Harper, Brunt; Clayton-Phillips (Gilbert 63), Azaz (Dyce 83), Tulloch; Soule (Faal 89).

Substitutes: Boruc, Sharpe.

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