A 76th minute strike from Alex Bradley saw West Brom’s Under-21s record a 2-1 victory against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The Baggies, who initially opened the scoring after three minutes at Bloomfield Road, restored their advantage late on in the game, after Steven Davies had levelled things up for Pool.
Manager Terry McPhillips included former Pool striker Steven Davies as one of 10 changes to the side that faced Rochdale on the weekend. Donervon Daniels captained the team.
It was the visitors who took an early lead in the game though, with Finn Azaz finishing off a quick counter attack from down the right.
The Baggies continued to threaten and almost doubled their advantage when Oliver Burke broke clear. Fortunately, Christoffer Mafoumbi pulled off a save to deny the former RB Leipzig man. Jonathan Leko then clipped the top of the bar with a rasping effort in the 20th minute.
Mafoumbi raced off his line again a minute later, thwarting Oliver Burke once more.
Joe Dodoo tried to reply for Blackpool, cutting inside before firing a low shot from the edge of the area, but Jonathan Bond got down well to save.
Christoffer Mafoumbi was proving to be the far busier ‘keeper, making it a hat-trick of saves against Oliver Burke. The rebound from Burke’s effort, struck by Alex Bradley, was then headed clear of the line by Donervon Daniels.
On the stroke of half-time, Blackpool levelled matters. Steven Davies stooped low at the back post to head past Bond and find the net.
Half-Time: Blackpool 1 West Brom U-21s 1
Davies almost helped create a second goal for Blackpool after the interval, with a neat one-two presenting John O’Sullivan with an opportunity to test Jonathan Bond. His effort was easily saved though.
Bond then produced a fine stop to keep out a downward header from Michael Nottingham that looked destined for the bottom corner.
At the other end, Christoffer Mafoumbi made fifth important save of the night to prevent Finn Azaz from scoring his and West Brom’s second.
A long, raking ball from Davies set Cullen clear on goal for Blackpool, but the striker couldn’t find the target with his attempt.
That contribution proved to be the last of the night from Davies, who was replaced by Chris Taylor in the 64th minute.
Soon after, Blackpool had the ball in the net again. Michael Nottingham’s looping header bounced in, only for the linesman to flag for an offside call.
They came to rue that decision when West Brom re-took the lead in the 76th minute. Midfielder Alex Bradley picked the ball up outside the box and was given the time and space to pick his spot in the bottom corner.
A powerful drive from Chris Taylor almost produced a second Blackpool equaliser of the game, however his rising shot flew just over the bar.
Taylor was then denied by a last-gasp stop from Bond in the fifth minute of added time, leaving Pool with just the one point from two games in Northern Group C.
Full-Time: Blackpool 1 West Brom U-21s 2