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Shan left to rue missed opportunity for Under-21s

9 March 2016

Baggies and Wolves ends goalless

ALBION Under-21 boss James Shan was left frustrated after seeing his side fail to break down ten-man Wolves at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

The Baggies played for over half-an-hour with an extra man after goalkeeper Aaron McCarey was dismissed for a deliberate handball well outside of his penalty area.

Without a replacement stopper on the bench midfielder Ryan Rainey was handed the gloves, yet the youngsters were unable to make the most of the situation and their numerical advantage.

The point keeps Shan’s side in a play-off position, but their search for a first league victory since December continues.

“I was really disappointed with the way we handled the game as a whole,” said Shan.

“We had a great opportunity to dominate the game against ten men with the time of the sending off, but you could argue that Wolves had the upper hand and created the better chances during that time.

“Our problem was that we didn’t enforce what we do with and without the ball.

“We have changed and tweaked the shape in the last five games and the boys have responded well to that, but against Wolves we looked really disjointed which was a massive disappointment.

“We lacked an identity and that is massively frustrating.

“We have only lost three league games all season but we have drawn too many games and the boys don’t seem to have enough of a winning mentality at the moment.

“We haven’t been clinical enough in the final third, but saying that we didn’t create enough chances on the night to be clinical.”

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