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Under-21s aiming for league double over Villa

15 March 2015

Group visited CorefitUK gym ahead of clash

ALBION’S Under-21s will be looking to complete a league double over Villa when they travel to Bodymoor Heath tomorrow afternoon (ko 1pm).

The Baggies produced a scintillating display against their local rivals in the reverse fixture back in October, claiming a 4-1 victory.

The youngsters head into the derby on the back of a 3-1 defeat to league leaders Middlesbrough, a result which ended their nine-game unbeaten run in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two.

But Under-21 boss, James Shan, says this fixture gives his players the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

He said: “The game gives us a fantastic opportunity to erase the defeat to Middlesbrough last Monday night.

“We know we didn’t perform well, and that hasn’t been like us so far this season.

“The last time we played against Villa, they were very good tactically and that challenged our players.

“I am hoping for a similar test tomorrow, but I also want a similar result to the one we got back in October.

In preparation for the short trip across town, Shan and his players visited the CorefitUk Muay Thai boxing gym in Sutton Coldfield to view a training session.

The group were given an insight into the dedication required to compete in the sport, which is something that Albion’s young prospects can learn vast amounts from according to Baggies’ Under-21 Coach.

“I wanted to show the lads the dedication and commitment these Thai boxers have, along with a remarkable work ethic,” said Shan.

“The training we witnessed was fantastic, dedicated athletes with an unbelievable desire to train hard and get positive results.

“When you are in the ring and you haven’t put the ground work in, there is only likely to be one outcome – not a nice one.

“If our players adopt that mentality I am convinced that they will go far.

He added: “Personally, I have always been a boxing fan and I have known the coach at CorefitUK, Henry Cleminson, for a number of years now and I know how demanding his training methods are.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to Henry and the fighters at CorefitUK.”

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