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‘I’m looking for us to be more clinical’ - Smith

ALBION’s under-23s play their final Premier League 2 Division Two game before the international break on Monday evening when they head up to Sunderland.

The young Baggies will be looking for their first win of the new campaign at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, with manager Jamie Smith believing more of a potency in front of goal will be the key to his side claiming a maiden three points. 

“I’m looking for us to be more clinical,” explained Smith.

“Last time out against Norwich we had opportunities, we worked out that we had 11 shots on target but just weren’t clinical or ruthless enough - but they were and they ended up with the result.

“If you have 11 shots on target you’d expect to score at least a few, and ultimately in both penalty areas is where games are won and lost in the main. We know we’ve got to be better from that point of view.

“In fairness to the lads, they’re a really good bunch. I enjoy working with them, they’re enthusiastic and their work ethic is fantastic.

“Again, it’s about transferring that out onto the pitch on a match day and if they can do that then they’ll pick up results.

“It’s a long trip on Monday, but one we’re looking forward to and hoping we can come back from with a result.

“Sunderland will be hard-working and we’ll have to match that.”

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