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Samir Nabi’s penalty sends Baggies top

24 August 2015

Three wins out of three for youngsters

ALBION Under-21s climbed to the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League division two table after a narrow 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at The Lamb.

Samir Nabi grabbed the only goal of the game from the spot six minutes before half-time, following a challenge from Sam Lavelle on Tahvon Campbell inside the penalty area.

The victory ensures Baggies maintain their 100% start to the season having played three matches.

Blackburn looked certain to take the lead after just ten minutes, but Ethan Ross made a spectacular save to thwart David Carson from just six-yards out.

After a slow start, the Throstles began to boss the game towards the end of the half and should have gone ahead when the ball dropped to Samir Nabi inside the area, only for the midfielder to lash his shot wide.

But the same man made up for his miss just two minutes later from the penalty spot, after Tahvon Campbell was brought down inside the area.

Nabi confidently stepped up and placed his penalty into the bottom right-hand corner, sending Rovers’ ‘keeper Ryan Crump the wrong way.

The hosts wasted a glorious chance to double their lead eight minutes after the restart as Jack Fitzwater missed the target from eight yards.

Rovers went in search of an equaliser but Willem Tomlinson, Connor Mahoney and Devarn Green all failed to rescue a point.

ALBION: Ross, Ezewele, Fitzwater, Donnellan, McCourt, Ward, S.Nabi, Edwards, Roberts (Smith 90), Campbell (Elbouzedi 65), Wright (Cleet 56).

Unused subs: Hall, Field.

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