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Crofts: Under-23s want to finish 2021 on a high

Under-23s complete the year with a trip to Manchester City.

By Charlie Hanson • 17 December 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion ran out 3-0 winners over Liverpool in their last Premier League 2 outing.

Andrew Crofts wants the confidence Albion under-23s have built up to help them finish the year in style.

A 3-0 win in their last outing against Liverpool sees Albion sit fifth in Premier League 2, but they face the tricky task of heading to Manchester City on Friday night.

“We know the way Manchester City play and the strength of the individuals they have, they have a real threat,” Crofts said. “It’s a game we’re excited about, going into it on the back of a really strong performance against Liverpool. City play in a way that can hurt you though.

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“Everyone enjoys watching teams like Man City and Brighton play, it’s one that we’ve had the pleasure of doing over the past few years and they play in a similar way to their first team, which tells you a lot about the quality they have.

“That said, the form we’re in, the group we have, I know our squad will be excited.”

Crofts is sure that his team will have plenty of wind in their sails off the back of their win over the Reds.

“We can take plenty of confidence from the Liverpool game, but the group have been building up their confidence since the beginning of pre-season. The belief they have in themselves, as a group, the togetherness they’ve created, they are confident because they go about their work every day in a way that allows to have a chance in games.

By Paul Hazlewood
Andrew Crofts' team sit fifth in Premier League 2.

“We finished the home form for the year in a good way and we want to do that away against City.”

There’s also the carrot of finishing 2021 in the top four, but Crofts wants his team to focus on the game, rather than any outcome.

“We don’t look too much at the table, we just try and win every game. The points and position look after themselves if you play well. “