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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

06 March 2020 Venue Keys Park Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

West Bromwich Albion PL2
6 - 1
Doncaster Rovers U23

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Burton ‘excited’ for PL Cup last 16 tie

5 March 2020

Deon Burton is looking forward to see if his side can progress to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup when they take on Doncaster Rovers at Hednesford Town's Keys Park on Friday night (ko 7pm).

Albion reached the knockout stages of the competition by topping Group C which consisted of Newcastle United, Hull City and Scunthorpe United, to set up the last 16 clash with Rovers.

And Burton, who has been boosted by an impressive display at Swansea on Monday night is keen to see how the tie unfolds.

Deon said: “The boys were really focused to progress from our Premier League Cup group and I think we put in the hard work in the first few games and then we experimented and changed it up a bit towards the end when we knew we had qualified.

“It’s going to be a great test for the guys reaching the last 16 of the competition, especially after a great win on Monday evening against Swansea.

“The performance on Monday was one of the best I have been part of this season. I think every player put in a good shift and a professional performance working as a team and they got their just rewards after a long journey down to Swansea.

“It was a brilliant performance, which is particularly impressive when you take into consideration that the average age of our team was 18-and-a-half years old. Hopefully we can reproduce the performance and the professionalism of the Swansea performance against Doncaster.

“It was also very good to see Toby King get his first start at PL2 level and play like he’s been there all year.”

Supporters can buy tickets on the day of the game at Hednesford, with admission priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions, with season ticket holders eligible for free entry.

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Match Reports

Albion PL2 6 Doncaster PL2 1

6 March 2020

Albion’s PL2 side sealed their place in the last eight of the Premier League Cup with a comfortable 6-1 victory against Doncaster Rovers at Hednesford Town’s Keys Park on Friday night.

Tyrese Dyce and an own goal gave the Baggies the advantage at the break, but a penalty by Fejiri Okenabirhie after the break allowed Rovers to halve the deficit. 

But it would be the hosts who continued to dominate, with Rayhaan Tulloch netting a second-half brace, with Cheikh Diaby and Sam Wilding also registering their names on the scoresheet.

The Baggies took the lead in style in the eighth minute. Taylor Gardner-Hickman sprayed a cross-field pass to Dyce who raced into the box and rifled an effort across George McMahon in the visitors’ goal and into the corner of the net.

For the second, Gardner-Hickman lofted a cross into the box which Diaby met - but could only head away from goal, however it was diverted back on target and into the goal by Doncaster’s defender Ben Blythe.

Shortly after the break, Gardner-Hickman was judged to have brought Martijn Smith to the ground in Albion's box, with the ref pointing to the spot - and Okenabirhie made no mistake from the spot for the visitors.

However, Tulloch restored Albion’s two-goal advantage shortly after, running from inside his own half into the opponents’ box before curling an effort into the corner of the net.

Finn Azaz assisted the Baggies’ fourth, chipping a ball up to Diaby who shrugged off two Donny defenders before volleying home, while Tulloch grabbed his second in the closing moments, hitting a low shot from outside the box which bobbled over McMahon in the Doncaster goal.

And with the clock running down, Wilding added a sixth as Albion marched into the last eight of the competition in style.

ALBION: Griffiths; Gardner-Hickman, Fitzwater, Shotton, Harmon; King, Azaz; Tulloch, Brown (Wilding 66), Dyce (Ojebode 45), Diaby (Asomugha 82).

Substitutes: Cann, Sharpe.

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