Having twice been pegged back by Albion after Jack Roles and Kazaiah Sterling gave us the lead in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest, the game appeared to have been settled as further goals from Marcus Edwards and Shilow Tracey gave us a 4-2 advantage with four minutes of normal time left.
However, we allowed the Baggies straight back into it as Chay Scrivens found the net to make it 4-3 and it needed a vital late save from goalkeeper Tom McDermott, denying Marcus Forss, to ensure that was how it stayed at the Training Centre.
Under-18s Coach Kieran felt our first-half performance warranted the victory, but was disappointed with aspects of our display after the break.
“I thought the first period was a very, very good performance,” he said. “The tempo we moved the ball at, the movement, the amount of times we penetrated their midfield and the way we won the ball back quickly was excellent so it was a disappointment to concede right on half-time with a goal out of nothing really.
“Unfortunately we didn’t continue that same high level in the second half, though, and I was disappointed with how we performed for most of the second period and how we controlled the game towards the end at 4-2.
“I thought that was a step backwards in terms of our concentration and resilience defensively and Tom has had to pull out a big save at the end to make sure we’ve won the game.
“In the last 20 minutes in particular, our concentration wasn’t at the level we expect so that will obviously have to get better. Although we got to 4-2 towards the end, it should have been much more comfortable so there are some important lessons to be learned from this game.”