James Shan delighted with display
A young and inexperienced Albion Under-21 side drew 1-1 with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Tahvon Campbell’s header in the 70th minute ensured Baggies halted a run of three straight defeats after the hosts had taken a ninth minute lead through Julien N’Goy.
James Shan’s men started brightly and could have taken the lead on two separate occasions inside the first ten minutes.
Stoke ‘keeper Dan Gyollai made a smart save to deny Tahvon Campbell in the fourth minute and just a minute later Adil Nabi saw his bending free-kick hit the side-netting.
However, after nine minutes and against the run of play, the home side took the lead as Ollie Shenton squared to Julien N’Goy who slotted past Alex Palmer.
Baggies were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark after Dionatan Teixeira bundled into George Cleet, but Adil Nabi saw his spot-kick saved by Gyollai.
The same Nabi brother went close shortly after the break when his header from Bradley Garmston’s cross forced Gyollai into a fine save.
The visitors were controlling large parts of the second-half and finally grabbed an equaliser 20 minutes from time.
Kyle Howkins rose highest inside the Stoke penalty area to nod the ball across the six-yard-box to Under-18 forward Tahvon Campbell, who saw his brilliant looping header evade Gyollai and land in the back of the net.
And Albion could have snatched all three points right at the death, but Andre Wright’s effort went narrowly wide.
Under-21 boss James Shan was delighted with the performance and the contribution of several members of the Under-18 group.
He said: “I was really pleased with the performance, I thought the boys played really well.
“We managed to stop our losing run and it was nice to come away knowing that we were in control of the game.
“We started really brightly and were excellent in possession.
“We had a real West Bromwich Albion DNA look about us when we had the ball and moved it really well.
“We were disappointed to go in a goal down at half-time, but in the second-half I thought we were magnificent.
“I always thought the goal was going to come and when it did it was a brilliant header by Tahvon Campbell.
“We had a really young side out but the boys can be really pleased with their efforts.”
Albion: Palmer, Ezewele, Howkins, Cleet, Garmston (Fitzwater 85’), S.Nabi, Ward, A.Nabi, Roberts, Leko (Hallahan 78’), Campbell (Wright 73’).
Unused subs: Ross, Edwards.