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Smith on ‘challenging’ Checkatrade Trophy clash

JAMIE Smith says his team are “looking forward” to the challenge of facing Blackpool in their opening Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group C game on Tuesday night (7.45 ko).

The young Baggies travel up to Bloomfield Road to take on the Sky Bet League One side off the back of consecutive wins, overcoming both Stoke City and Liverpool in the past week. 

But Smith is expecting a difficult test against Terry McPhillips’ Tangerines, who have made a decent start to their season - currently sitting 12th in English football’s third tier.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Smith, whose team will be taking to the pitch for the second time in three days.

“The players are going to have to go again. It’s a real challenge for them but it’ll be a good experience against a first-team.

“Some of these boys wouldn't have played against a first-team before, so it’ll be a tough game but one we’re all looking forward to.

“The win against Liverpool was very pleasing. I thought in all aspects of the game - in possession and out of it - we showed some real intelligence and good play.

“I was delighted delighted. A clean sheet, three points and a great performance. We’re starting to get a reward for some of our performances now, whereas earlier on in the season we weren’t.

“I just want to give a special mention to James Morrison as well, who has been a true professional and a fantastic influence for the boys in the last few games. He’s been brilliant.”

Tickets for the match will be available on the night, with turnstiles 9-10 accepting cash payments from 6.30pm onwards. Seats are priced at £5 adults, £3 seniors (60+) and £1 under-18s.

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