James Shan expects tough test from local rivals
ALBION’S Under-21s will go top of the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2 table, if they claim a win over Wolves at Molineux tonight (7pm ko).
The youngsters currently sit third, but a victory over their local rivals would see them leapfrog Arsenal and Newcastle who both play on Monday night.
James Shan’s side started 2015 with an impressive 5-0 home win over Reading on Monday afternoon - a game which saw both Nabi brothers on target and a sublime 18-minute hat-trick from Kemar Roofe.
Goals from Adil Nabi and Kyle Howkins on the opening day of the season gave Albion a 2-1 win over Wolves in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns, and the Under-21 Coach believes the hosts will be seeking revenge come 7pm.
“We played Wolves at the very start of the season and we got a good result against them so I am sure that they will be gunning for us,” said Shan.
“It is obviously a big occasion and big game, whenever you play your local rivals it always adds fuel to the fixture.
“Wolves have changed the way they play recently.
“I wouldn’t say that they have completely changed their philosophy, but they definitely look to play a lot more now.
“Their style is now similar to ours, they try to build from the back, play through the thirds and will try to dominate possession.
“I am expecting a really good footballing match.
“I don’t like to talk about results, but with this one I feel it is important to highlight the magnitude of it because if we win we go top of the league.”