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Smith keen to continue run

JAMIE Smith is challenging his under-23s to resume their good form when they return from the international break to take on Fulham this Friday (ko 7pm).

The young Baggies are on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions after a draw with Reading at the end of September was followed up by wins over Stoke City and Liverpool - as well as a maiden Checkatrade Trophy triumph at Blackpool. 

And Jamie is hopeful his side will pick up where they left off when they go to Motspur Park for the Premier League 2 Division Two clash.

“I’ve said to the players that it’s part of their development to become consistent,” he said.

“So far this season they have been with their performances, and hopefully we can be consistent with results now to keep the run going.

“Confidence is high and you can see that in training with the way that they’re working. They’ve got smiles on their faces, they’re starting to try things and be expressive.

“The international break was very good for us. We had an opportunity to have a couple of days off and give the lads a rest.

“In fairness to them they then came back ready to work again and it’s been a good week.

“We’re expecting a tough game as always. We’ve seen clips of Fulham and they’re a very good team, especially if you let them play, because they’re creative and athletic. It’ll be another good test.”

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