Youngsters unbeaten since March
DESPITE sitting top of the Barclays U21 Premier League division two table with a 12-game unbeaten run to their name, James Shan insists his Under-21 group are still yet to hit top gear.
Albion’s youngsters recorded a 2-0 win over Stoke City at The Hawthorns on Monday night, their fifth victory in seven league games so far this term.
The Under-21 boss has regularly stressed the importance of not only winning, but also performing well at Under-21 level to his group.
Shan was delighted to see his side extend their impressive undefeated run, yet revealed the players came off the pitch feeling disappointed knowing they hadn’t produced the type of football that has seen them gain plenty of admirers over the last few months.
He said: “It’s great to have extended our unbeaten run to 12 games in the league and that is a fantastic achievement, but our best is yet to come.
“The players know me well enough to know that I want us to play well as well as win.
“A couple of the boys came off the pitch really disappointed last night despite winning the game because they knew that we hadn’t played as well as we could have.
“It’s great to see that from the players, it shows that they understand what we are trying to do.
“We were excellent in the opening 25 minutes, we dominated possession and did everything we spoke about in the game-plan.
“After that we became a little complacent and we didn’t move the ball with enough tempo.
“I had to be honest with my feedback after the game and I told them that I was disappointed with the performance.
“On the other hand it’s nice to know that we are winning games without producing our best football, it’s a good habit to have.”