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Match Reports


9 August 2023

Albion bowed out of this season’s Carabao Cup with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Championship side Leicester City

The former Premier League side imposed themselves on the game early and first half goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi proved enough to see through through to the next round as Albion struggled to find a way through a strong Foxes side.

Albion showed four changes to the side defeated on the opening day of the season at Blackpool. Jake Caprice and Ryan Sweeney were handed first starts in a changed back line that saw Tom Hamer, Sam Hughes and Jasper Moon sit the game out. Deji Oshilaja also came back into the side as a central defender whilst Bobby Kamwa got a start in the attacking positions. With an extended substitutes bench available there were places for Academy youngsters Will Tamen and Daniel Matthews.

Leicester looked to get off to a lightning start and skipper John Brayford had to be on his toes and alert to nick the ball away from the head of Iheanacho in the opening moments.

IHEANACHO was left totally unmarked inside the box after six minutes and he made Albion pay calmly sidefooting home a lofted cross from Foxes skipper Marc Albrighton.

Mark Helm had Albion’s first real chance of the game on 21 minutes pouncing on a loose ball but only firing his effort comfortably over the Leicester crossbar.

Leicester youngster Marcal Madivadua looked to seize on an opportunity to test Jamal Blackman but driving in from the left his effort was blocked wide for a corner midway through the half.

Both Blackman and Cole Stockton required treatment as the game ticked past the thirty minute mark and with the Brewers needing to find a spark to get themselves back into the contest. Stockton, worryingly, limped off and had to be replaced by former Foxes striker Josh Gordon.

Albion thought they had found their spark when Steve Seddon drove into the box on 38 minutes and appeared to be sent tumbling but referee Gavin Ward was unmoved. A corner from Helm and a teasing cross from Caprice finally saw Leicester sweating somewhat in the closing moments of the first half. As the half was about to tick into five minutes of added time Albion threatened again. Caprice was the provider on the right and Sweeney jumped high to head towards goal where the Foxes defence eventually hacked the ball clear.

Leicester struck decisively moments later as Iheanacho found himself with acres of space to run into down the left drawing Blackman from his line before pulling the ball back for NDIDI to find the top corner with a rising effort.


Iheanacho stung the palms of Blackman inside two minutes of the second half as Enzo Maresca’s side looked to put the game firmly to bed early on. Blackman also had to save from Madivadua before Harry Winks saw a thunderous shot blocked as well.

Albion turned to Mustapha Carayol for an alternative attacking option in place of Kamwa ten minutes into the second half.

Gordon almost flashed a shot past Leicester keeper Jakub Stolarczyk midway through the half as Seddon seized on a slip to find his striker on the edge of the box but the shot curled just past the post.

Rekeem Harper was taken off as a precaution after requiring treatment and Mark Helm was also replaced as youngsters Ciaran Gilligan and Kegs Chauke were introduced.

The game seemed to be drifting to a routine conclusion but Gordon saw an opportunity to reduce arrears late on and saw a dipping effort deflect wide for a corner that saw Albion finishing on the front foot.

Ultimately there was to be no cup upset from the Brewers who now have another Midlands derby to prepare for against Derby County on Saturday.



ALBION: Blackman; Brayford, Oshilaja, Sweeney; Caprice, Harper (Gilligan, 75), Powell, Seddon, Kamwa (Carayol, 55), Helm (Chauke, 75); Stockton (Gordon, 34).

Substitutes: Crocombe, Lakin, Matthews, Tamen.


GOALS: LEICESTER – Iheanacho (6), Ndidi (45+2)


Referee: Gavin Ward


Attendance: 4,631

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Ticket News


6 July 2023

TICKETS are now on sale for our Carabao Cup First Round tie at home to Leicester City.

The match takes place on Wednesday, August 9, with an 8pm kick off.

Leicester are three time winners of the competition who were relegated from the Premier League last season and demand for tickets is expected to be high for what promises to be an exciting first home game of the new season for the Brewers.

Tickets for the fixture are priced as follows:


Adults: £22
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young Person (17-22): £20
Under-17: £12
Under-13: £12

Vice Presidents: £30


Adults: £18
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Under-17: £5
Under-13: £5

Early bird tickets are available up until 5pm the day before each matchday. Tickets purchased after this time will incur a £2.00 increase in price.

Season Ticket holders and Vice Presidents have until Wednesday July 19 at 5pm to buy their normal seat after which they will be put on general sale. Car Park Pass holders also have until Wednesday July 19 at 5pm to reserve their normal space after which they will be released for general sale.

Book your tickets right now via our online ticket store or, if you are purchasing on your mobile phone use our web-based app.

You can also purchase tickets by visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium or you can call 01283 565938. 

When collecting tickets on match day please allow plenty of time as queues tend to be long. Please note that you will be asked for ID when collecting your tickets.


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