Berahino double sees youngsters remain undefeated
SAIDO Berahino fired a brace as Albion recorded a 2-2 draw at Bolton in the Barclays U21 Premier League this evening.
The 20-year-old striker, who was named in Roy Hodgson’s England Under-21 squad for last week’s friendly with Scotland, struck either side of the interval after Chris Lester gave the hosts an early lead.
But Cian Bolger hit a late equaliser to earn the hosts a point at the Lancashire FA’s headquarters.
The youngsters will be hoping to continue their good start to the season when they host Manchester United at The Hawthorns on Friday afternoon (ko 2pm).
"It would have been nice to have won the game but it's not all about results - it's about development," said senior professional development coach David Oldfield.
"There were some good performances from our players, especially in the second half.
"It's good to be undefeated after two games.
"We have Manchester United on Friday which will be another strong test.
"It will be good for the boys to play at The Hawthorns and we will be properly prepared for the game."
ALBION: Rose; Francis, Gayle, D Daniels, Atkinson; Birch, O'Sullivan (Hayes 66), Roofe; Ferrier (Garmston 62), A Jones, Berahino. Subs not used: Palmer (gk); C Jones, S Nabi.
GOALS: BOLTON - Lester (23), Bolger (87). ALBION - Berahino (40 & 76).