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Haber debuts for West Brom reserves

By Marc Weber Tue, Feb 2 2010 COMMENTS(0) Back of the Net

Filed under: Whitecaps FC, Marcus Haber, West Bromwich Albion

Former Whitecaps forward Marcus Haber of Vancouver made his debut in West Brom colours today, playing 78 minutes in a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday's reserves. Coach Keith Downing had praise for his forward partnership (see story below from Baggies website). Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo has suggested he's likely to loan out Haber once the 21-year-old gets his feet wet.

Sheffield Wed Res 0 Albion Res 1

CHRIS Wood's early second-half strike gave a young Albion reserves a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

The New Zealand international was partnered in attack by new signing Marcus Haber, who played 78 minutes on his first appearance in Albion colours.

The Baggies bossed the Look Local Stadium clash to seal their first win in four totesport.com Central League Central Division encounters.

Coach Keith Downing said: "From start to finish we were excellent.

"Chris Wood cut inside from the right and finished with a good drive inside the far post to give us the lead.

"He combined well up front with Haber, who looked lively, and the pair showed good pace.

"George Thorne and Sam Mantom dominated in central midfield, Kayleden Brown was powerful on the wing and we were solid at the back.

"The young lads have had a few near misses in games since Christmas but this was a good performance and it was nice to get the result to go with it."

ALBION (4-4-2): Allsop; Samuels, Gayle, Malcolm, Waghorn; Lynch (Berahino 65), Thorne, Mantom, Brown (Mannion 88); Haber (Grier 78), Wood. Subs not used: Tebbutt (gk), Connolly

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is chris wood the same youngster that played with new zealand at the confederations cup? Good to hear Haber is getting some minutes now!

Chris Wood is the same player that featured in the NZ Confederations Cup squad

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This story is either good news for Marcus, or bad. On the one hand, with Thomas and Miller suspended/injured, it might give Marcus a shot at getting a first-team look. On the other hand, if they've deemed it necessary to bring in a younger player on loan, it might indicate that they don't see Marcus as a viable first-team alternative.

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