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Season 2016-17
West Bromwich Albion (h) U23 Premier League Division Two

In association 


Date: Monday November 21st 2016, 1pm 

 Whitley Park

Conditions: Heavy rain after the break

Newcastle U23s

West Brom U23s

  1 - 1





44 mins Murphy header 1-0

Half time:
Newcastle 1 Baggies 0

85 mins Fitzwater penalty 1-1

Full time:
Newcastle 1 Baggies 1



Despite extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, it was a case of two points lost for a strong Newcastle reserve side on Monday afternoon.

Rafa Benitez and a clutch of first team players joined a small crowd at Whitley Park as Massadio Haidara, Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar all had their first taste of second team football for the black and whites. 

United went close in the sixth minute when some good build-up play from Jamie Holmes and Dan Barlaser ended with Sean Longstaff hitting the post from 18 yards out.

Murphy then nodded a Lazaar cross from the left wide as the home side dominated the game but failed to test the visiting goalkeeper.

United went ahead on 41 minutes when Haidara took a return pass from Lazaar down the left and reached the byline before crossing for Murphy to head home from close range.

Goalscorer Murphy was replaced at the break by Luke Charman and the substitute twice went close to extending his side's lead on the hour, first finding the 'keeper before firing over the bar.

Haidara's cross from the left in the 63rd minute shaved the top of the crossbar en route to safety, while the goal touch deserted in-form Longstaff on 79 minutes - his effort from inside the area defying physics as it corkscrewed off the inside of one post and along the line and out past the other.

Albion enjoyed their best spell of the game as the rain became torrential, almost equalising in the 83rd minute when a cross from the left reached the unmarked Zack Elbouzedi, only for Woodman to smother his snap shot.

But the visitors got their leveller two minutes later when a wild lunge on an opponent in area by Callum Williams was rightly punished with a penalty - Jack Fitzwater sending Woodman the wrong way from the spot.

United pressed forward again in search of a winner, but the closest they came was when Longstaff exchanged passes with Charman on the edge of the box but could then only steer his effort into the side netting.


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