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26 February 2018

Drinan at the double as 10 man Town triumph

Town’s U23s remained in with a slim chance of Premier League Cup progression thanks to a 3-2 win over West Brom at Portman Road.

A double from Aaron Drinan and a fine effort from Ben Morris secured the win for Gerard Nash’s side, who were up against it after defender Chris Goteni was sent off in the early stages of the second-half.

The visitors created the first genuine chance of the game in the 18th minute. Euan Pierce’s low cross was met by Nick Clayton-Phillips before being scrambled away by the Town defence.

Blues had their first attempt close to the half-hour mark when Barry Cotter’s long range strike was pushed behind by Baggies ‘keeper Alex Palmer.

The deadlock was almost broken just moments before half-time but again Palmer was on hand to deny Drinan from close range.

Nash’s men found the opener just a minute after the restart with Drinan converting from the middle of the area. The lead lasted just six minutes, though, after Goteni dragged down Sam Field as the West Brom attacker surged into the box.

Goteni received a straight red for the challenge and Pierce coolly converted the spot-kick.

Despite being down to 10 men, Blues remained the stronger side and regained the lead in the 57th minute. Morris produced a superb first-time finish from the corner of the box after latching on to a neat through ball from Ben Stephens.

The away side regrouped and levelled again with 12 minutes remaining. Substitute Jamie Soule converting at the second time of asking following a good initial save from Blues shot-stopper Michael Crowe

But Town snatched a dramatic victory thanks to Drinan stabbing home a driven cross from Morris in the dying stages.

The three points leaves Blues level with second-placed Sheffield United. Town now need group leaders Aston Villa to beat the Blades by at least four goals to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.

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