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Albion Under-23s beat Fulham 3-1 in a Premier League 2 Division Two game at Motspur Park to secure Michael Appleton his first three points since taking charge.

The young Baggies raced into an early lead when Jamie Soule won the ball deep in the opposition half and gave it to Rayhaan Tulloch, who made no mistake in finishing well past Magnus Norman.

Brad House had to be at his best to keep his side in front as Fulham immediately pressed for an equaliser, but instead it was Albion that further extended their advantage - this time Nick Clayton-Phillips curling superbly into the bottom corner on 25 minutes.

The home team managed to pull a goal back just before the break through Josh Onomah’s deflected free-kick and they continued to press after half-time, Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Jerome Opoku guiding efforts wide as they searched for a leveller.

A quick break for floodlight failure came just after the hour mark and from then on it was the Baggies who created the better chances.

Chris Willock, getting his first minutes in an Albion shirt since joining on loan from Benfica, side-footed past the post and Soule hit the woodwork before the forward’s hard work was rewarded with a goal with less than 10 minutes remaining.

House then made another fantastic save during seven minutes of stoppage time to ensure it stayed at 3-1 and the youngsters picked up their first win of the campaign.

ALBION: House, Meredith (White 82), Fitzwater, Melbourne, Harmon; Wilding (Taylor 90), Azaz; Clayton-Phillips, Tulloch (Solanke 85), Willock; Soule.

Substitues: Cann, Asomugha.

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