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‘There will be an extra edge to it’ - Shan

JAMES Shan is hoping his under-23s can build on their last couple of results when they lock horns with Wolves in a Premier League 2 Division Two derby clash on Friday.

Albion’s youngsters beat Alvechurch 3-2 in the Birmingham Senior Cup quarter finals last week and drew 1-1 with Stoke City in their most recent PL2 outing. 

“I always like playing against Wolves, it’s a good tactical challenge and it’s come at a nice time for us because we’ve hit a bit of form in terms of performances and a few good results,” said Shan.

“It’s made a huge difference only playing once a week recently and having that grass contact time with the players. The biggest thing is that we’ve been able to have continuity with the team.

“On Friday it will definitely be a similar squad, but I’m not saying the starting line-up will be exactly the same.

“Wolves play a nice brand of football, which is great for me as a coach because they’re a team that probably pose the most questions in terms of a coaching perspective.

“We’ve been working hard on our tactics and looking at ways to stifle them and exploit them, so it’s a good one for us.

“The fact that it’s a derby should make a difference if I’m being perfectly honest. It’s part of the players’ education to understand rivalries, so I’m hoping that there will be an extra edge to it.”

The match at the Palm Training Ground will be played behind closed doors.

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