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Outstanding attitude from U21s - Chris

Chris Ramsey praised the attitude of our Under-21s after another fine performance in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Monday.

The team impressed again in putting West Brom to the sword on a freezing afternoon at The Hawthorns.

Both teams missed chances in the early exchanges but the issue wasn't in doubt after quickfire goals from Nabil Bentaleb and Dean Parrett put us in control midway through the first half.

The lively Cristian Ceballos made it 3-0 from the penalty spot and struck the woodwork before the break and then turned creator for Nabil's second, a fine header at the far post for the final 4-0 scoreline.

That made it seven wins and a draw from nine games in the second phase of the Barclays U21 Premier League and they top the Elite Group by seven points from Manchester United.

It's a far cry from successive defeats against Newcastle and United in the opening matches of the first phase of the competition in August.

Since then, the team has won 14, drawn three and lost just two of 19 matches - scoring an impressive 64 goals along the way!

Dean Parrett slots home for 2-0

"The team has done well, the consistency is there," said Chris, our Senior Professional Phase Coach.

"More importantly, players who have gone and trained with the first team realise there is a level of responsibility required to play at that level.

"Ideally, development and winning matches will go hand in hand. That’s what you want, but as long as we’re performing properly and the players are doing what we want them to do, ultimately, the scoreline should take care of itself."

That was certainly the case at West Brom. "Overall, it was a very good performance," added Chris. "The first half was excellent.

"From a scoreline point of view, the game could have been over in the first 10 minutes, when we created two excellent chances. The attitude was outstanding, not least because it must have been the coldest day of the season!

"We had a young team out in the end with Roman, Laste, Giancarlo and Kenny McEvoy all on the pitch. They played really well, so that was positive news as well."