Albion host Rams in Barclays U21 Premier League Cup
ALBION’S youngsters will be looking to reach the last 16 of the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup when they take on Derby County at The Hawthorns today (2pm ko).
Baggies Under-21 boss James Shan is hoping for a lengthy stay in the competition, but not just because he wants to be victorious in it.
With just 22 fixtures for Albion in the Barclays U21 Premier League campaign, a run in the cup would add longevity to their season.
“We are taking this game very seriously because it is a cup competition and winning is really important,” said Shan.
“The cup games are really important for the boys as they add extra fixtures to the calendar.
“Having more games to look forward to gives training that extra bit of meaning, especially if there is a competitive match at the end of the week.
“We will have our eyes firmly set on winning as many games as possible in this competition.
“If you are involved in a knockout tournament of course you want to progress and go as far as you possibly can.
“There would be no point in us turning up tomorrow if we didn’t want to win.”
The Rams currently sit fifth in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2 table, just two points and two places behind Albion, and the Baggies coach expects the visitors to provide a difficult test.
“We have looked at Derby a couple of times on video and they seem like a very organised side,” said Shan.
“I think we are quite confident in knowing the style of play that they will bring.
“They are a hard-working team and will look to do things with intensity.”