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Impressive Albion make short work of Monaco

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Todd Miller, Luca Barrington and Samy Chouchane on target in 3-0 win over French side in Premier League International Cup.

By Bruce Talbot • 30 November 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Samy Chouchane celebrates after scoring Albion's third three minutes after coming on.

The under-21s stretched their impressive run to six without defeat and one loss in 11 in all competitions with a comfortable win in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday. 

Todd Miller opened the scoring in the 30th minute when he scored the rebound after Jack Spong’s penalty was saved and in the second half close-range goals from Luca Barrington and substitute Samy Chouchane made it two wins out of two in this competition.

Albion were the better side for long spells although it took them a while to be at their fluent best in a first half that was littered with stoppages and free kicks.

By Paul Hazlewood
Todd Miller scores Albion's opener against Monaco.

Casper Nilsson had our best chance before the goal when he fired over from eight yards in the third minute, and Albion had much of the ball with Monaco struggling to enjoy any prolonged spells of possession.

The penalty was awarded for a foul on Jack Hinshelwood. Skipper Spong’s spot-kick was well saved diving low to his right by Yann Lienard, but he could only push the ball out to Miller who lashed it into the roof of the net.

James Furlong had to go off and was replaced by Imari Samuels but the home side ended the half in control.

By Paul Hazlewood
Jack Spong saw his penalty saved but Todd Miller scored from the rebound.

Albion doubled their lead with a well-worked goal in the 48th minute. Cam Peupion created it with some lovely skill on the right which gave him space to pick out substitute Samuels on the left-hand side of the box. Samuels laid it into the path of Barrington who left Lienard with no chance with his close-range finish.

Albion nearly had a third when Nazim Babai’s attempted clearance looped over Lienard but came back off the crossbar as he tried to prevent Miller from converting Hinshelwood’s cross.

By Paul Hazlewood
Ed Turns went close with this first-half header.

Jack Beadle had been fairly quiet but he extended his long frame to keep out an effort from Monaco captain Felix Lemarechal before Albion put the game to bed with a third goal on 67 minutes.

A move started deep in our half by Antef Tsoungui also involved Peupion, Samuels and Hinshelwood, whose effort was parried by Lienard into the path of Chouchane and he prodded it home four minutes after coming off the bench.

Albion saw out the rest of the game comfortably and will be back in action in this competition on Monday when PSV Eindhoven are the visitors to the American Express Elite Performance Centre.

By Paul Hazlewood
Todd Miller takes the acclaim after putting Albion in front.

Albion: Beadle, Offiah, Tsoungui, Turns (Jackson 45), Nilsson, Hinshelwood, Spong, Barrington (Chouchane 64), Furlong, Peupion (Baker-Boaitey 79), Miller (Ifill 79).

Subs not used: Everitt, Cahill.