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Albion strive to bounce back in Premier League 2

21 August 2016

Baggies face Fulham at Aggborough on Monday (ko 7pm)

JAMES Shan is looking for a positive response from his young Albion side as they prepare for two games in the space of five days in Premier League 2.

The Baggies were off the pace as they lost their season opener 1-0 at Swansea City last week but now get the chance to bounce straight back.

Fulham are the visitors to Aggborough on Monday night, ko 7pm, before Albion make the short trip to Molineux on Friday to face neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"Having reviewed the Swansea game, as staff and a squad, we were not happy with the performance or work-ethic," said boss Shan.

"We need to work harder and perform better against Fulham."

Shan added: "There's a quick turnaround this week, we play Monday and Friday so we have to be mindul of the rest of the week.

"The lads will be off on Tuesday and then we'll have two days preparing for the game on Friday."

Albion will be without Joe Ward at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough stadium, where the Club will play the majority of their home fixtures in Premier League 2 this season.

The midfielder was the latest in a line of youngsters to depart on loan seeking first-team experience when he linked up with Torquay United on a six-month deal on Friday, joining Baggies team-mate Chay Scrivens at Plainmoor.

And Shan has wasted little time taking the opportunity to see some of his Albion loanees in action - watching Tahvon Campbell and Kyle Howkins come up against each other last Tuesday night when Yeovil Town faced Mansfield Town in League Two.

"We've got eight players out on loan. It's nice to get out and have a look at them and see how they're developing," he said.

"It was pleasing after not being happy with our performance the night before (at Swansea)." 

Shan continued: "The squad is thin at the minute and could get thinner with the potential possibility that more could go out on loan.

"We have to look at how we manage players and look at getting more of the Under-18s involved."

Monday night's Premier League 2 clash against Fulham at Aggborough is free for both Albion and Kidderminster season ticket holders. 

Non-season ticket holders - adults £5 and concessions £1.

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