Albion PL2 boss Richard Beale insists replicating positive displays will be fundamental to continuing his side’s early momentum when they welcome Newcastle United to the New Bucks Head on Monday evening (ko 7pm).
The young Baggies have started the campaign strongly, winning three of their first four matches including a recent 2-0 Premier League Cup victory over AFC Bournemouth.
And as they look to maintain confidence against a young Magpies side who are unbeaten in Premier League 2 so far this term, Albion manager Beale is confident his young team’s “hard work” will stand them in good stead for a competitive clash on Monday night.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club so far,” said Beale.
“The players have worked really hard which has been the crucial bit for me. They’ve shown the work ethic we’ve implemented on and off the pitch, spent time doing a lot of analysis sessions, there’s been a lot of work in the gym with the sports science guys and lots of double sessions on the training pitch.
“So the boys have worked extremely hard and they’re playing a new style of football which is as close to the first team as we can and that’s been fantastic for us to see. They've taken it onboard really well and had a reasonable start, but we have got to keep improving in all areas for them to have a successful career.
“The players are fit and for any young player, the two most important ingredients you need when you get to the ages of the boys we’re working with now are fitness and attitude.
“We’re trying to make them really humble and want to work hard, but also be a good person and do the right things. Their football, psychological and tactical sides then come together to mould them as players and hopefully give them a career in the world of professional football.
“The message we’ve given the boys is to try and make themselves better every day. We sit down and review their performances every six weeks formally, and they're just as worthy as training sessions because you can get a lot of tactical messages into them during the analysis.
“It’s a big positive that Richard Stevens was able to get us Telford’s stadium to play at. It’s as good as non-league stadiums go, the pitch has been revamped and that helps us to play the type of football we want. But it also brings that stadium feel to the games the boys play in and the more chances they get to play in front of crowds is fantastic.
“The manager in the first team has already shown he’s willing to put our young boys in the team and a number of them played against Arsenal. That’s an experience which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their career.
“If the boys keep applying themselves as they are then it’ll lead to good performances and they will then lead to positive results. It’s about them getting close to their maximum each day and if they perform in training, they’ll get closer to where they want to be and producing the performance is always going to be the most important factor in achieving that.”
How to follow the game
Tickets will be available for Albion’s PL2 home clash against Newcastle at the New Bucks Head in Telford.
Season ticket holders can watch the match for free, while the prices stand at £5 for adults, and just £1 for juniors on the gates.
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