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Under-23s look to extend unbeaten run

Albion take on Everton at Goodison Park on Monday in Premier League 2.

By Matt Bishop • 22 November 2021

By Nigel Keene
Andrew Crofts takes his side to Goodison Park tonight

Albion under-23s return to Premier League 2 action on Monday when they face Everton at Goodison Park, kick-off 7pm.

Andrew Crofts’ side drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur at the American Express Elite Football Performance in their last outing before the international break, with Jack Spong’s fantastic free kick maintaining an impressive unbeaten record at home.

The point against Spurs kept Albion fourth in PL2, while Everton leapfrogged Blackburn Rovers into 12th at the other end of the table thanks to a superb 3-2 victory over Manchester City.

That result highlighted the quality the Toffees have, despite their lowly position in the league, as head coach Crofts points out.

“We know Everton have a really good team and some good players and had a great result last time out. We know this league, we know there are no easy games, but we’re certainly looking forward to it.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Midfielder Jack Spong scored a great free-kick against Spurs

Albion head to Merseyside unbeaten in four league matches after three consecutive 1-1 draws and victory over Crystal Palace, and will be looking to close the gap on leaders West Ham United.

Wins against Northampton Town in the Papa John’s Trophy and Haywards Heath Town in the Sussex Senior Cup mean it’s six unbeaten in all competitions, and Crofts is looking forward to another busy block of fixtures coming up.

He added, “The approach and the attitude to the Haywards Heath game was excellent and the unbeaten streak gives us some good momentum. We’re in a really good place.

“The planning going into each game is important but we take them one by one. We are looking forward to playing Everton at Goodison first – it’s another tough challenge for the group. It’s a game we want to take to them.”