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Season 2011-12
West Bromwich Albion (h) Premier Reserve League

Date: Thursday 29th March 2012, 2pm

 Darsley Park




Newcastle United

West Brom

  1 - 4  



6 mins Sawyers shot 0-1

11 mins
Maddison shot 1-1

Half time: Newcastle 1 Baggies 1

66 mins
Jones shot 1-2

72 mins
Sawyers shot 1-3

88 mins
Sawyers shot 1-4
Full time: Newcastle 1 Baggies 4

We said

Speaking to the official website, coach Willie Donachie commented:

"After a slow start we got back into it, scored a great goal and it was pretty even. In the second half we started quite well and had a great chance where Jeff (Henderson) could have made it 2-1 to us.

"But they were bigger and stronger than us, and as the game went on a combination of inexperience and tiredness from our young players saw them take over.

"We had a schoolboy and first years playing, and they were on the whole bigger, stronger and more athletic. I know it sounds very basic, but you've got to have that in your team or otherwise you're going to get beaten."

"It's just a matter of being patient and giving the younger ones time. It's more about development, but winning is also part of the learning experience and you need to learn how to win and what it takes to win.

"They are learning that from a bad point of view - learning from bad examples rather than good ones. But I've said to them as long as they learn that's all that matters. The only way you learn is by playing games and getting experience."


Another youthful Magpies reserve lineup came off second best at Darsley Park in the Spring sunshine on Thursday afternoon, to make it seven games without a win.

Albion arrived in decent form and with title aspirations in their own group, going ahead after just six minutes when Romaine Sawyers curled a right footer past Jak Alnwick.

Undaunted though, Newcastle were level just five minutes later when Marcus Maddison cut in from the right to net with a 25-yarder - his first goal at this level.

There was little to choose between the two sides for the rest of the first half and the interval saw Michael Hoganson replaced - another Magpies academy player given his reserve team debut.

United opened brightly after the restart, Phil Airey and Jeff Henderson both coming close without testing Baggies 'keeper Jack Rose. 

The visitors regained the lead on 66 minutes when Alex Jones ran onto a through ball and shot home. And with Newcastle blooding teenager Alex Gilliead shortly after, Albion's Sawyer made it 3-1 in the 72nd minute after robbing Patrick Nzuzi on the edge of the box.

Birmingham-born but playing his international football for Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sawyer then completed his treble with two minutes remaining - the 27th goal that we've conceded in the last seven games. Ouch.



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