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13 January 2020 Venue Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground Attendance

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Intensity the focus ahead of Sunderland, says Burton

12 January 2020

Deon Burton says intensity has been the key for Albion’s PL2 side this week as the young Baggies prepare to face Sunderland at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground on Monday (ko 7pm).

Following a Jekyll and Hyde performance against Reading last time out, in which Albion trailed 2-0 at the interval before firing in four goals after the break to win 4-2 - Burton is keen to ensure the second-half performance is set as the standard to meet.

And Deon has been impressed with the quality on the training ground this week.

“Training has been very good as always,” said Deon.

“We have been focusing on playing with a high intensity and pressing the ball. It has been about getting everyone back up to speed and reflecting on the second half performance. That is what we need to do more of. It can’t just start in the games, it has got to come from training as well so it was all about intensity and pressure all week and the boys have bought into it and done really well.

“It was a game of two halves against Reading. In the first half we were a bit sluggish and had no intensity. I don’t know if it was because of the small break the lads had over Christmas, but we didn’t really get out of the blocks and before we knew it we were 2-0 down. 

“I have to give great credit to the players. We came back in at half-time and we spoke about all the things we had to put right and to give credit to every single one of them, they went out in the second half and put in a performance which I knew they were definitely capable of and scored four great goals.

“Sunderland are going to be a young enthusiastic team. They are very energetic and we have to be very positive. It is going to be a long trip up there but we have to be ready for whatever comes our way and I am sure if the guys put in a performance like they did in the second half of the last game we will be fine. We have to make sure we don’t take anything for granted and we do everything right.”

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Sunderland PL2 0 Albion PL2 4

13 January 2020

Albion’s PL2 side made it seven wins from their last nine Premier League 2 Division Two games with a 4-0 victory against Sunderland at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground on Monday night.

A brace from Rayhaan Tulloch and goals from Zak Brown and Finn Azaz capped a commanding performance from the young Baggies.

Albion were dominant from the first whistle; Callum Morton and Tulloch had decent chances before the Baggies did take the lead when an Azaz pass caused chaos in the Sunderland defence, with Brown able to slot home into an empty net from inside the box.

Azaz then played a ball over the top which Morton latched onto and lashed onto the crossbar. However, Albion would double their lead before the break.

Saul Shotton lofted a pass down the wing allowing Morton to find Brown, who picked out Tulloch, and the young winger netted with relative ease.

Immediately after the interval, Tulloch bagged his second following a tidy one-two with Morton. The Baggies played with a freedom in the second half and should have claimed a few more goals before a fourth did eventually come their way.

Peter Taylor started a counter-attack by heading the ball to Tyrese Dyce. With a host of Albion players flying forward he found Azaz who controlled a side-footed effort into the back of the net to round off an impressive win.

ALBION: Griffiths; Meredith, Shotton, Healy, Harmon; Wilding, Azaz; Asomugha, Brown, Tulloch; Morton.

Substitutes: White, Williams, Dyce, Taylor, Solanke.

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