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Shan left ‘devastated’ following late Fulham leveller

16 February 2016

Under-21 boss concerned with number of draws

ALBION’s Under-21 boss James Shan was left thoroughly frustrated as Fulham snatched a controversial late equaliser to come away from The Lamb with a 1-1 draw.

The Baggies, who performed well on a bitterly cold night, were just seconds away from claiming a valuable three points in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two, but with the last kick of the game Liam Donnelly managed to bundle the ball over the line from inside the six-yard box following a set-piece.

Albion ‘keeper Jack Rose appeared to be fouled by a Fulham man as the corner came in, but the referee waved away the appeals and allowed the goal to stand.

The youngsters have now drawn half of their league games and speaking after the game, Shan admitted that stat is playing on his mind.

He said: “We seem to be the draw masters at the moment which is concerning me.

“Jack Rose didn’t have a single shot to save in the 90 minutes.

“I’m absolutely devastated that we have only come away from the game with a draw.

“We are in a pack of teams who are trying to win promotion or qualify for the play-offs and three points would have aided that bid.

“I was delighted with our performance on the night, I thought we were excellent.

“We passed it well on a tricky pitch and our shape without the ball was very good.

“Both full-backs combined for our goal which is a product of our shape and how we have wanted to play in the last few games.

“I was delighted with Josh’s end product, delivering a great cross to the back post where Robbie headed it in, which was also very pleasing to see.

“A few key moments and decisions went against us which disappointed me.

“We had two one-on-one opportunities where the referee could have played on but he brought the ball back.

“I think it’s a foul as well on Jack for their equalising goal, so are disappointed that some of the key decisions didn’t go our way.”

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